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A LARGE AND RARE MING WUCAI SEATED FIGURE OF SHOULAO
A LARGE AND RARE MING WUCAI SEATED FIGURE OF SHOULAO
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A LARGE AND RARE MING WUCAI SEATED FIGURE OF SHOULAO

WANLI PERIOD (1573-1620)

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A LARGE AND RARE MING WUCAI SEATED FIGURE OF SHOULAO
WANLI PERIOD (1573-1620)
The God of Longevity shown seated atop a recumbent deer raised on an oval plinth painted with clouds and waves breaking against rocks, holding a ruyi scepter in his right hand, dressed in a brightly coloured robe predominantly decorated with peony medallions on an iron-red diaper ground, the front and shoulders with blue-ground green dragon panels and the back with a medallion of an iron-red chilong, tied at the chest and partially open at the front to reveal the yellow under-garment centred with a cloud scroll, his head with long beard, characteristically high bald crown and hair tied into a bow at the nape of the neck, the recumbent animal dappled in underglaze-blue, with fur markings streaked in sepia and with a yellow bell hung on a tasselled collar, the oval plinth painted with clouds and waves breaking against rocks, flanked at the front by a crane and tortoise, the broad unglazed foot rim encircling the base pierced with an aperture to one side and picked out in vivid green enamels
15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm.) high

Provenance
Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 34
Exhibited
Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Selected Treasures of Chinese Art, 1990, no. 149

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Another large wucai figure of Shoulao, formerly in the collection of Robert Chang, was sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2000, lot 317.

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