The Museum Proper
Replica or Original:
Not a Replica
On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:
7" x 7" x 14"
A vase depicted eight immortal gods crossing the ocean.
Inscriptions, and/or Markings:
Donated by the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Vase with Scene of Eight Immortals Crossing the Ocean illustrates the eight chinese immortals Lǐ Tiěguǎi, Zhōnglí Quán, Zhāng Guǒ lǎo, Lǚ Dòngbīn, Hán Xiāngzǐ, Hé Xiāngū, Lán Cǎihé and Cáo Guójiù.
After a few too many drinks, the immortals decided to make a journey across the ocean to discover the wonders of the undersea realms that they could not find from their domain within the heavens.
The "Scene of Eight Immortals Cross the Sea" is identified as a popular Daoist tale. In Chinese culture, the Eight Immortals are the most popular group illustrated in Chinese art history. Through anecdotal motifs, the Eight Immortals are known for their association with Daoist philosophy and ideas around the search of immortality.
"The Eight Immortals Cross the Sea" https://en.daoinfo.org/wiki/The_Eight_Immortals_Cross_the_Sea
Welch, Patricia Bjaaland. Chinese Art. A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery. North Clarendon. Tuttle Publishing. 2008.