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Vase with the Three Abundances
Place of Origin: China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
Date: 1700-1800
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze blue and red decoration
Dimensions: H. 6 in x Diam. 5 in, H. 15.2 cm x Diam. 12.7 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Roy Leventritt
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B69P203L
On Display: Yes
Location: Loggia 6

Description

Label:

清朝中葉 江西景德鎮窯 青花釉里紅石榴桃子三果樽

HIDDEN MEANING: May you have abundant blessings, a long life, and [many] sons (fushou sanduo 福壽三多)!

A grouping of the Buddha’s-hand citron, peach, and pomegranate—known collectively as the Three Abundances—decorates this vase. The Buddha’s-hand citron (foshou 佛手) is a pun for abundant blessings (duofu 多福); the peach symbolizes longevity (duoshou 多壽) because it is associated with the immortals; and the multi-seeded pomegranate represents many sons (duonanzi 多男子).


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Exhibition History: Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Imperial Arts, October 7- December 31, 2006
Label:

清朝中葉 江西景德鎮窯 青花釉里紅石榴桃子三果樽

HIDDEN MEANING: May you have abundant blessings, a long life, and [many] sons (fushou sanduo 福壽三多)!

A grouping of the Buddha’s-hand citron, peach, and pomegranate—known collectively as the Three Abundances—decorates this vase. The Buddha’s-hand citron (foshou 佛手) is a pun for abundant blessings (duofu 多福); the peach symbolizes longevity (duoshou 多壽) because it is associated with the immortals; and the multi-seeded pomegranate represents many sons (duonanzi 多男子).


Exhibition History: Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Imperial Arts, October 7- December 31, 2006