SHUNZHI 1644 – 1661 Transitional Porcelain

A Transitional Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Shunzhi Period c.1650-1660. Painted with Strong Clear Blue with Shoulao on a Crane Holding a Ruyi Sceptre with the Eight Immortals Processing to Meet Him.


Damaged : Two rim cracks, one 38 mm, the other 10 mm and an associated repaired chip to the outside edge.
Diameter : 16.5 cm (6 1/2 inches)
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For a Shunzhi dish with a version of this design belonging to Caromy Hoare see : Shunzhi Porcelain, Treasures from an Unknown Reign (Butler, Curtis and little, University of Washington Press, 2002. ISBN 0-88397-134-8) 225, plate 76. For a similar bowl with the design in coloured enamels, dated late Ming to early Qing c.1628-1660 see : Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum.(Jessica Harrison-Hall.The British Museum Press, 2001. ISBN 0-7141-1488-X.) page 398, 12:117.


The Eight Immortals / Xian :
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.