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Vase with "One Hundred Deer" Motif

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm); Diam. of rim: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. of foot: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
17.120.195
Not on view
Although deer have appeared in Chinese painting and decorative arts for centuries, the theme of one hundred deer in a landscape was an eighteenth-century innovation. The Chinese term for "one hundred deer," bai lu, is a homonym for the numerous economic, cultural, and social benefits that could accrue during the course of an official career, and the theme can thus be read as a wish to attain such a position.
Marking: None
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