Shoulao, God of Longevity

Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

Dimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Accession Number: 14.40.212


Identified by his prominent cranium, this figure is Shoulao, the god of longevity. Here he holds a peach, a symbol of long life, and his jacket is decorated with the Chinese character for longevity (shou).