Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Bowl Decorated with ‘The Eight Immortals’ c.1700
A Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Bowl of Lobed Form Decorated with `The Eight Immortals` and the Well Painted with Shoulou c.1690-1710.
Two small shallow chips to the exterior rim c.4 x 2 mm and 2 x 2 mm. A small shallow chip, mostly glaze to the top of the rim c.4 x 2 mm and a glaze frit c.3 x 2 mm. A bruise type crack inside the footrim.
Diameter : 15.4 cm (6 inches).
For Kangxi blue and white bowl with this design but with an inner border of prunus and cracked ice dated to c.1660-1680 see : L`Odyssee De La Porcelaine Chinoise ( Various Authors, Editions de la reunion des musees national Paris,2003. ISBN 2-7118-4601-6) page 128, plate 63
The Eight Immortals :
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary Xian, immortals or transcendents in Chinese mythology. Each Immortals power can be transferred to a power tool that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called `Covert Eight Immortals`. Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang Dynasty or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on Penglai Mountain-Island. The Immortals are : Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu),Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu),Iron-Crutch Li (LiTieguai),Lan Caihe,Lü Dongbin, (leader)Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi),Elder Zhang Guo(Zhang Guo Lao),and Zhongli Quan.