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Shoulao (God of Longevity): C.596-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Shoulao (God of Longevity)






Seated figure of Shoulao (God of Longevity) with fawn, crane and tortoise on pedestal. Stoneware, moulded, cream glazed, painted in dark brown and dark tan. The figure sits with his legs crossed, his left arm placed on his left knee with a crane looking up at him. His right hand holds a scroll in his lap, with a fawn looking up at him. His head is slightly turned and he wears a tall `beehive' headdress and flowing gowns decorated in cream, tan and dark-brown. The tortoise rests at his feet.


History note: Purchased from Franck, April 1921, for £10.0s.0d (as Song), Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Depth: 15.6 cm
Diameter: 19.2 cm
Height: 30.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


15th Century#
Circa 1400 - 1500

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Techniques used in production

Moulding : Stoneware, moulded, cream glazed, painted in dark brown and tan
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval white label, with green border

  • Text: 34
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pen
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.596-1991
Primary reference Number: 21068
Old object number: CHICER/230
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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