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Antqiue Porcelain Blue and White Vase
Item No. 999997

19th Century, N/A, China
Porcelain
23.25" x 0" x 0"
( 59.055 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This cylindrical vase has two sets of fu lions facing each other adorning its long neck. It is decorated with underglaze cobalt blue symbols of many of the eight immortals including the fan, representing Chung-li Ch’uan, the Chief of the eight immortals, a YuKu (a musical instrument in the shape of a bamboo tube or drum with two rods to beat it), which represents Chang Kuo-lao; castanets, symbolizing Ts’ao Kuo-Chiu; a double gourd, the sign of Li T’ieh-Kui; a sword behind the gourd representing Lu Tung-pin, and a basket of flowers signifying Lan Ts’ai-ho. Although symbols of two of the immortals are missing, the vase is covered by other single and double roundels with checker board and floral designs and as well as two images of double scrolls, which symbolize several things including the sacred texts of Buddhism, the store of truth, and assurance of continual happiness and prosperity in the household

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