Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration
Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
Plate-like mouth which flares slightly; thick neck; ovoid tubular belly that slightly contracts downward; outward flaring base of foot; raised circular foot (two layered). Cobalt-blue underglaze decoration: fret-pattern (hui wen) on mouth and neck, spiral pattern, ruyi pattern. Body has pine, sparrow, and deer motifs on belly, symbolizing long life. Base has double circles in cobalt-blue underglaze. Besides the unglazed base of circular foot, clear glaze covers entire vessel. Display ware.
Condition: Intact. Base has several lines on base.
Old Accession Card:
Large club-shaped vase with a very broad slightly spreading foot, a tall almost cylindrical body contracted a little at the bottom and with rounded shoulders, and neck of medium height and width ringed with a low ridge around the center and with a cup-shaped mouth. Occasionally pitted white glazed porcelain decorated on the body with a design of deer and cranes, symbols of longevity, in a rocky pine-clad landscape, painted in broad graded washes of a clear underglaze blue. On the neck are ju i [ruyi] heads, scroll, fret, and circle and dot borders and on the mouth rim another fret border, penciled in underglaze blue. The inside and the base are glazed white and on the base is an empty double ring in underglaze blue. The foot has been cut back a little on the outside.
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Rouleau Vase, 1662-1722. Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration, 18 1/4 x 7 in. (46.4 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1043. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1043_acetate_bw.jpg)
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Why does a deer symbolize longevity?
Deer were thought to be particularly long-lived animals. In fact, deer were said to be the only animals that could find a sacred mushroom capable of granting immortality, and the Daoist god of longevity even rides a deer!
Oh wow. What’s the name of the Daoist god of longevity?
The Daoist god of longevity is named Shou-lao.
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This is a porcelain vase from China's Qing dynasty. It features an image of a deer, a symbol of longevity -- deer were thought to be the only animals capable of finding a sacred mushroom that could grant immortality!