Bowl - Scenes from Various Chinese Stories, including Saga of Chu and Han

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration

4 x 8 inches (10.2 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Major General and Mrs. William Crozier, 1944

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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.