Shoulao, God of Longevity, Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels, China

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
Not on view
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).
Marking: None
Benjamin Altman , New York, (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)