East Asian Art
Jar - Eight Immortals Crossing the SeaMade in China, Asia
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Wanli Period (1573-1620)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Glazed porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration
Currently not on view
1882-325The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1882
LabelThis jar is decorated with the auspicious motif of the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea. Daoist deities from history and myth, the Eight Immortals appeared frequently in dramas and novels during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), most often presented crossing the sea, as on this piece. Their names are: He Xiangu, Cao Guojiu, Li Tieguai, Lan Caihe, Lu Dongbin, Han Xiang Zi, Zhang Guo Lao, and Zhongli Quan.