Bottle with Daoist Immortals

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)

Date: late 16th–17th century

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1916

Accession Number: 16.61


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.