A large Chinese blue and white dish decorated with two deers. Yongzheng period.
Decorated in underglaze blue, with two deers in a landscape and peonies on the rim.
- Period :
- Yongzheng (1723-1735)
- 12.99 in. (33 cm)
- Reference :
A dish with this pattern is in the collection of the Musée Ariana in Geneva.
Known for their speed, grace, endurance and long life, deer are graceful, lovely animals that are thought of as symbols of longevity and wealth in Chinese culture. Phonetically, the Chinese word for deer sounds like the Chinese word for “luk” which also means good income and prosperity. It is the emblem of long life because deer is the only animal which can find the “lingzhi”, the fungus of immortality.