晚清/民國 蘇學金 德化窯白釉麻姑獻壽瓷像 The Immortal Magu with a Deer
Su Xuejin (1869–1919)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911) or Republic period (1911–1949)
late 19th–early 20th century
Porcelain with clear glaze (Dehua ware, Fujian Province)
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Purchase, Anita M. Linzee Bequest, 1934
Not on view
The supernatural being Magu, holding the magical fungus of longevity in her hand, is attended by a mystical deer that balances a bowl full of auspicious fruits and flowers in its antlers. The landscape of magic to which these special creatures belong is here reduced to the small platform of geometric rock forms at the base of the figures. Sculptures such as this were popular birthday gifts among the elite classes.
Signature: The square seal, boji yuren ("the vastly accomplished fisherman"), as used by the potter Su Xuejin (1869-1919), is stamped on the back of this figure.
Edith Rockefeller McCormick , 1934 (her sale at American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, Jan. 1–6, 1934, no. 519, sold to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Blanc de Chine," September 19, 2002–December 8, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.