Lot 54: Double-Gourd-Shaped Vase with Immortals, Republic
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Porcelain with polychrome overglaze painting, partly highlighted with gold
China, Republic period
Double-gourd shape with everted mouth
The exterior with a large circular reserve with depiction of the god Shoulao with boy and attributes
Verso a similar reserve with the Taoist goddess Magu accompanied by a fawn
Bright yellow ground with foliage
The neck with circular flower reserves on a coral-red ground with gilt décor
Base with six-character Daoguang mark
Height: 24.5 cm
Very good condition
The vase is in a good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear such as minimal manufacturing flaws. The height is 24.5 cm.
The double gourd, also called calabash, is a symbol of healing and longevity in China. It frequently appears in combination with sages or immortals, who often wear the latter on a string on a belt. The first pieces in the shape of a double gourd date back to Neolithic times. Even Chinese healers used gourds as vessels for various medical fluids. Today a myriad of materials are used to make various objects as well as jewelry in the popular shape of the gourd.
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