Vase with Birthday Reception for General Guo Ziyi, Porcelain painted with overglaze enamels, China

Vase with Birthday Reception for General Guo Ziyi

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Porcelain painted with overglaze enamels
H. 31 3/4 in. (80.6 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); Diam. of rim: 7 in. (17.8 cm); Diam. of foot: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
This vase shows the birthday celebration for the Tang dynasty general Guo Ziyi (697–781). The scene at the foot of the vase shows the arrival of guests bearing gifts, among them a court robe and hat. The body of the vase features a joyful reception where the general and his wife receive congratulatory wishes from family members and guests. At the top of the vase, none other than Shoulao himself, the god of longevity, presides over the festivities, flanked by the eight Daoist immortals. The identity of Guo Ziyi, who achieved the rank of prince of Fenyang after suppressing the An Lushan rebellion, is confirmed by the inscription "Fenyang Manor" (Fenyang fu) above the entrance to the residence.
Marking: Double ring
[ Duveen Brothers , Paris, London, and New York, 1906; sold to Altman]; Benjamin Altman , New York (1906–d. 1913); Benjamin Altman , New York, (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.