Bowl with Lid - Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and God of Longevity
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
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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.