of classic double-gourd form, carved in low relief with a continuous vine issuing various-sized double-gourds and foliage amidst bats in flight, the lower section set on each side by raised shou medallions below flanking bats to the upper bulb, all below a leiwen border encircling the rim, the cover in the form of a peach borne on a leafy stem, the lightly mottled stone of pale celadon white tone, wood stand (3)
The present vase is an excellent amalgamation of numerous auspicious symbols. The vase is decorated with bats and a peach, both symbols associated with longevity. This theme is further emphasized by the shou ('longevity') medallions, while the double-gourd form itself, often associated with the immortal Li Tieguai, is symbolic of prosperity and abundance, in particular, of male children.
Compare a larger white jade double-gourd-shaped vase and cover inscribed with the characters Daji ('good fortune'), illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 149; another illustrated in A Romance with Jade from the De An Tang Collection, Hong Kong, 2004, pl. 44; and one illustrated in Yang Boda (ed.), Essence of Qing Jades, Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 78-79.
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