The supernatural being Magu, holding the magical fungus of longevity in her hand, is attended by a mystical deer that balances a bowl of auspicious fruits and flowers in its antlers. The magical landscape to which these special creatures belong is here reduced to the small platform of geometric rock formations at the base of the figures. Sculptures such as this example were popular birthday gifts among the elite classes.
Signature: The square seal, boji yuren ("the vastly accomplished fisherman"), as used by the potter Su Xuejin (1869-1919), is stamped on the back of this figure.
Edith Rockefeller McCormick (until 1934; her sale at American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, January 1–6, 1934, no. 519, to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Blanc de Chine," September 19, 2002–December 8, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.