Bowl - Scenes from Various Chinese Stories, including Saga of Chu and Han
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
The image in the center panel of this bowl derives from the Saga of Chu and Han. Zhang Liang, a loyal retainer of Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), picks up a shoe for a Daoist Immortal disguised as an old man. Zhang was later rewarded with a secret military book for this good deed.