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A famille rose charger (from a pair) decorated with Lan Tsai-Ho. Yongzheng period.

Decorated in the the famille rose palette with the figure of the Immortal Lan Tsai-Ho.

Country:
China
Period :
Yongzheng (1723-1735)
Material:
Porcelain
Dimension:
13.77 in. (35.5 cm)
Reference :
B427
Status:
sold

Notice

Lan Tsai-Ho is the mountebank of the Chinese Eight Immortals. She poses as a wandering singer, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity (chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, pine, bamboo). Lan Tsai-Ho is sometimes represented as a woman and sometimes as a young male child ; she may also be presented as a hermaphrodite. In the summer she wears thick clothing and a coat, and in the winter she makes her bed in the snow. Lan Tsai-Ho dates from the Tang Dynasty (1766–1122 BC). She is said to have obtained immortality by bathing the boils and sores of a beggar, who is believed to have been Li-Tieguai (another of the Eight Immortals) in disguise. It is believed that one can communicate with the gods by using Lan Tsai-Ho’s basket of flowers.

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