Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels (Jingdezhen ware)
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)
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
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.