Material and Medium: Ivory, textiles
Dimensions: Overall: 235 x 150 x 120mm (9 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 3/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.312
This tripod vessel is called a 'Ding' and its shape is based on ancient bronze objects. On the lid is Liu Hai, the youthful God of Wealth, with his string of coins and three-legged toad. He was able to travel anywhere in the universe and with the toad could fish money from the sea and give it to the poor and needy.
On one side of the vessel is Shou Lao, the God of Longevity. He is the old man in the centre of the close-up with a long beard and high, domed forehead to demonstrate wisdom. In one hand he holds a staff, which has magical properties. In the other hand is one of the peaches of immortality. To his right a spotted deer symbolising good fortune, and in front a crane symbolising long life. Behind him a servant boy cools him with a large fan.Display Location: