Lot 252: A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE ‘FIVE POISONS’ DISH. Early 20th Century. The interior painted with the Daoist Zhang Daoling riding on the back of a scorpion a sword in his right hand with a snake coiled around the blade, an iron red creature overhead whilst below a three-legged toad sits on a rock beneath a pine tree, with a small boy also standing on the ground holding a lingzhi spray, iron red Da Qing Daoguang nian zhi mark to base, 16.5cm diameter. 20??? ?????????? Zhang Daoling and the ‘Five Poisons’ is an important motif symbolic of combating evil and is associated with the Duanwu festival on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The five poisons, represented by the snake, centipede, scorpion, lizard and toad, are said to come out of hibernation at this time and their slaughter is an important means of conquering the evil they represent.

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Description: A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE ‘FIVE POISONS’ DISH. Early 20th Century. The interior painted with the Daoist Zhang Daoling riding on the back of a scorpion a sword in his right hand with a snake coiled around the blade, an iron red creature overhead whilst below a three-legged toad sits on a rock beneath a pine tree, with a small boy also standing on the ground holding a lingzhi spray, iron red Da Qing Daoguang nian zhi mark to base, 16.5cm diameter. 20??? ?????????? Zhang Daoling and the ‘Five Poisons’ is an important motif symbolic of combating evil and is associated with the Duanwu festival on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The five poisons, represented by the snake, centipede, scorpion, lizard and toad, are said to come out of hibernation at this time and their slaughter is an important means of conquering the evil they represent.
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