Accession no: LL 6175
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of Shou Lao
Materials: Earthenware with enamel on biscuit decoration in fahua style
Place made: South China
Date made: Ming Dynasty, c. 1500
Measurements: H. 27.5 cm, D. 14.4 cm x 8 cm
Description: Figure of Shou Lao, god of long life, seated on a deer and holding in his left hand a ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') sceptre. At his feet are a crane and a tortoise. Oblong octagonal base with moulded sides. Porcelain with colour glazes. The robes are turquoise, and deer is white, mottled with yellow. The base is dark violet-blue and turquoise. The head, with high protuberant forehead, and the flesh parts are in unglazed biscuit. The crane and tortoise are in biscuit touched with dark blue. The base is unglazed at the back and beneath, and is burnt reddish brown.
A. W. Stiff Collection; his sale, Christie's, 25 July 1916, lot 51, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever, £17.17s.; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 8; National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, The Making of a Gallery - William Hesketh Lever, Collector & Builder, Guide One, Chinese Ceramics, Item No. 18.