Porcelain with famille verte overglaze enamel decoration
Overall: 29.9 cm (11 3/4 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.193
This porcelain figure represents Zhongli Quan as a scholar. He is wearing a scholar’s hat and carries a scroll on his back. He holds a fan that, according to legend, could bring the dead to life. Thus, he also bears the auspicious meaning of longevity. On his bare belly, the potter painted a qilin, a mythical auspicious creature that turns his head to the sun. The same design in different colors also decorates his back.
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