Chinese collection

Item LL 6634

Accession no: LL 6634
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of Shou Lao
Materials: Earthenware with overglazed enamel decoration
Place made: Jiangxi province, China
Date made: Ming Dynasty, C. 1500
Measurements: H. 23.2 cm

Description: Figure of Shou Lao, god of long life, seated on a deer and holding in his left hand a ju-i sceptre, on a base moulded in the form of rocks. At his feet are a crane and a tortoise. Porcelain with coloured glazes. The robes are turquoise, and the deer is yellow. The base is dark violet-blue and turquoise. The head, with high protuberant forehead, and the flesh part is in underglazed biscuit.

Provenance
S. E. Kennedy collection; his sale, Christie's, 21 June 1916, lot 204, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £57.15s; by whom gifted the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford. Ltd., 1928, No. 9.