Vase with Immortals Offering the Peaches of Longevity


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

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

A group of men and their attendants burn incense in an open pavilion. Their activities have attracted the attention of the supernatural: a peacock-like phoenix of enormous size has landed, while in the clouds, Xiwangmu (the queen mother of the west) and her entourage have arrived. An attendant proffers a bowl containing peaches of immortality picked from Xiwangmu's orchard. Immortal beings, including Shoulao (the god of longevity), are depicted on the neck of the vase.

Works such as this, with scenes of immortals and themes of immortality, were especially appropriate for display at birthday receptions.

Vase with Immortals Offering the Peaches of Longevity, Porcelain, overglaze enamels, China

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