Height: 3 3/8 in (8.5 cm)
Diameter: 6 ¼ in (15.9 cm)
An opaque pink glass bowl resting on a small ring foot, the flared walls deeply carved with an outdoor landscape of rockworks and a willow tree, the Immortal Li Tieguai holding a double-gourd from which escapes a bat, together with another man, probably also Li Tieguai, seated against a large jar and drinking from a double-gourd.
Li Tieguai is one of the Eight Immortals. He is usually depicted holding a gourd where he keeps a bat, which can carry his soul wherever he wants. The legend says that one day, he left his body to seek immortality, and upon his return he found his family had prematurely cremated his body, thinking he was dead. Having no more earthly envelope, he took instead the dead body of a beggar. He is known to be good to the poor and sick, and heals them with the medicine he keeps in his gourd. The bowl shows two very different depictions of the Immortal; on one side he is figured with his attributes, a gourd and a hovering bat, while the other side shows the beggar leaning against a jar and drinking.
Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida, January – May 1999
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, December 1999 – January 2000
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 24
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