Covered Bowl

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Late 18th or early 19th century?

Porcelain with underglaze red and blue decoration

Bowl: 3 1/16 x 6 3/4 inches (7.7 x 17.2 cm) Cover: 1 11/16 x 7 1/16 inches (4.3 x 18 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Lydia Thompson Morris, 1925

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The Eight Immortals (He Xiangu, Cao Guojiu, Li Tieguai, Lan Caihe, Lu Dongbin, Han Xiang Zi, Zhang Guo Lao, Zhongli Quan) are painted on the exteriors of this bowl and lid, and the God of Longevity is depicted on the bowl's interior. The association between the Immortals and the God of Longevity first arose during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) when Zhu Youdun (1379-1439) wrote the drama A Group of Immortals Celebrate Longevity at the Pan Dao Peach Festival.