University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:81-23-125A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Coral
Jade
Iconography:Li Tieguai
Bat
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul K. Addams, 1981

Description

A double gourd shaped coral (a) bottle with an excellent raised carved design of Li Tieguai holding a gourd from which emmanates a vapor containing a happiness bat. The gourd vine adds the idea of abundance of happiness. Originally the top was the upper part of the gourd in coral, the jade (b) top doesn't match.


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