Chinese collection

Item LL 6767

Accession no: LL 6767
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of Shou Lao with stand
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 33 cm, DB. 11 cm

Description: Figure of Shou Lao, god of Long Life, with protuberant forehead, holding a peach in his left hand and scroll in his right. Painted in famille rose enamles: the robes richly brocaded with dragon medallions, enclosing shou (longevity) characters, in a yellow ground with gourd-vine and bats in colour. He is believed to have lived for 1,000 years, married 19 women and outlived 54 sons.

R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 542.