Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
late 16th–17th century
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm); Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm); Diam. of rim 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); Diam. of foot 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1916
Not on view
The immortals on the bottle are all carrying the Chinese character shou, or longevity, and the good wishes implied therein are also reiterated in the inscription on the neck, which reiterates the desire for long life.
[ John Fenning , New York, until 1916; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.