Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 480 x 127 x 110mm (18 7/8 x 5 x 4 5/16in.)
Overall: 55 x 120 x 105mm (2 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.263
This vase is carved with figures from Daoist tradition, including the Eight Immortals. They are semi-historical legendary figures, each having different magic powers and possessing their own special objects, or attributes.
The scene may represent the birthday of the Royal Lady of the West, to which she invites all the other gods. On the lid, the Immortals are accepting gifts beneath a pavilion on a rocky peak. Around the neck are fairy handmaidens and servants carrying lanterns and gifts. On the body of the vase, divine beings enjoy themselves in a paradise setting with pavilions and halls.