KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Kangxi Porcelain
A Fine Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Bowl c.1690-1710. Decorated to the Interior with Four Depictions of Lady Ma, Ma Gu Xian Shou Arranged Around a Raised Central Boss. The Outer Border Carved in a Variation of the Pierced Linglong Technique. Below that are Four Large Groups of Flowers.
- In excellent condition, a small glaze frit to the rim, the footrim with a fring fault (a small firing fracture with a small firing crack.
- Diameter : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches)
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- For a Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain bowl of this pattern and size Seem: Pronken Met Oosters Porselein (Stephen Hartog, Uitgeverij Waaders b.v. 1990) page 67, plate 49. Another Kangxi bowl of this design is illustrated in :The Blue and White Porcelain of China (Brian S McEney, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada. 1992. ISBN 0-88885-148-0) page 94, plate 88. For a further Kangxi Porcelain bowl of this type see our `Sold Items` 19050 and for a pair of Kngxi bowls of this design see 21862.
Lady Ma, Ma Gu Xian Shou, Magu, (Immortal Xu Miao) :
Lady Ma Ma Gu Xian Shou was a Taoist goddess associating with fortune, longevity, and auspiciousness. Ma Gu Xian Shou is sometimes refereed to as the Goddess of Hemp (Immortal Xu Miao). This relates to a story depicted in the classic novel `Journey to the West` Xi You Ji. Ma Gu Xian Shou attended the peach banquet held by the Queen Mother of the West, for which she brewed a special wine made of cannabis. She gave this to the Queen Mother Xi Wang Mu, and the image of this scene has become renowned as “Ma Gu Offers Longevity”, Ma Gu Xian Shou. This heavenly birthday party takes place once every ten thousand years. The depictions of Ma Gu Xian Shou show her with presents of peaches, a basket of herbs and flowers on her way to the heavenly party which is attended by all the other gods, she is sometimes shown with a deer.