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Square Gourd Bottle with Characters Design, Qing Dynasty
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This gourd bottle is decorated with “the eight immortals” pattern, and the character “Shou” (long life). There is a seal “appreciated by the Qianlong Emperor” on the bottom. It reflects the highest level of the technique of making gourd decorations in the time of the Qing Dynasty.

History of the Object
The gourd originated in India, but gourds are now grown everywhere in China. The gourd has an auspicious meaning in China because the Chinese pronunciation of "gourd" is very similar to “happiness”. The artist carved the gourd. It could also be that he put a model around the young gourd, so that it could grow into a specific shape after which it could be used as a decoration. The man who created this method was an Eunuch named “Xu jiu gong” and he lived in the Ming Dynasty. In the Kangxi and Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty, this way of making gourd decorations reached its peak.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gourd 
Measurements
Height 23.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Manufacturing Department of the Qing Dynasty 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1735—1795, Qianlong Reign of Qing Dynasty 
Function
This is a decorative element from the Imperial Household of the Qing Dynasty. 
Acquisition
Allocated by the Cultural Bureau of Tianjin 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tian Jin Museum 
Museum
Tianjin Museum 
Credit line
Cultural Bureau of Tianjin 

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