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An Underglaze Blue and Copper-Red Immortals Bowls

An Underglaze Blue and Copper-Red Immortals Bowls

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An Underglaze Blue and Copper-Red Immortals Bowls
Age: Kangxi six-character mark and of the period

the shallow rounded sides painted in underglaze blue with the 'Eight Immortals', each holding their characteristic attribute, riding on a variety of sea creatures and emblems, including a fish, a mythical beast, a lotus leaf, a staff and a musical instrument, all against a ground of breaking waves in copper-red above a band of key-fret around the foot, the interior with a medallion of Shou Lao and his deer amid similar swirling waves, six-character marks in underglaze blue

Diameter 6 1/2 in., 16.7 cm
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in California
Condition: Good with normal age sings.

The 'Eight Immortals' were sages who could be identified by their attributes. The bowls depict the 'Eight Immortals' crossing the rough sea after attending the peach banquet of the Queen Mother of the West. Rather than traveling by their clouds, they combined their powers to sail pass the tempest. The proverb is a lesson on how individual strengths and gifts can be used to tackle the same obstacle.