REF No. 6361
chinese porcelain famille rose figure of goddess magu
Qianlong period circa 1750
Height: 11 inches; 28cm
A fine and large standing figure of a Chinese lady holding a peach, in famille rose enamels with a yellow dress.
This is a rare figure of high quality. The face is smiling sweetly and the flat wood-effect base indicates an early date. The ears are pierced and might originally have been intended to hold small earrings, perhaps coral or jade on a gold wire.
This figure is most likely Magu, an immortal symbolising longevity, who made elixirs and wines from the lingzhi fungus and she is also associated with hemp. She is often depicted ‘Presenting Longevity’ in the form of the lingzhi or peaches especially for the Peach Banquet for the eight immortals and attended by Hsi Wang Mu.