Box with Daoist Immortals
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under clear glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); Diam.15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1925
The small figures and their attendants shown walking in a procession on the cover depict the Eight Daoist Immortals, a quasi-historical group that became popular in the twelfth century as this religious tradition expanded. On this unusual box, which may have been used to hold beads, they are shown approaching Shuolao, a popular Daiost divinity often associated with immortality.
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