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The Taoist deity Zhenwu, with two attendants
Place of Origin: China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
Historical Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Zhengde emperor (1506-1521)
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration
Style or Ware: qinghua ware
Dimensions: H. 7 5/8 in x W. 4 1/2 in x D. 2 5/8 in, H. 19.4 cm x W. 11.5 cm x D. 6.7 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B81P55
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 17

Description

Label: The period of Zhenwu's greatest popularity was during the Ming dynasty, under the reign of the Taizu emperor (1368-1398). Early representations of this god feature a tortoise entwined by a snake-symbols representing the north direction in Taoist iconography. Here Zhenwu is shown wearing a court robe with a dragon motif, typical of the mid-Ming dynasty. He is also easy to identify because of his long hair and bare feet.
Label: The period of Zhenwu's greatest popularity was during the Ming dynasty, under the reign of the Taizu emperor (1368-1398). Early representations of this god feature a tortoise entwined by a snake-symbols representing the north direction in Taoist iconography. Here Zhenwu is shown wearing a court robe with a dragon motif, typical of the mid-Ming dynasty. He is also easy to identify because of his long hair and bare feet.