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Charll shared this beautiful Xianfeng (1851-1861) dated bottle depicting NeZha combating the Dragon King amongst a rolling sea of blue and eight mythical sea creatures.


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NeZha Combating the Dragon

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« on: December 16, 2015, 11:04:08 pm »

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From the main photo, it looks like it is the story of Nezha (哪吒) fighting the son of the dragon king of the Eastern Sea.

More information on Nezha can be found here: https://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/news/view/article/e/XN6fcwhhb1U/ne-zha-the-most-unusual-boy-in-chinese-mythology.html

The surrounding creatures are the eight strange sea creatures (海八怪) which are sometime used as a motif on its own

Richard,

Thanks identifying the theme and providing the source of information.  Everything fits expect the figure (presumably Nezha) is depicted here as either a very big chubby boy or has reached manhood Cheesy.  And Yes there are eight mythical creatures painted on the bottle. 

 

Another interesting observation is that this bottle almost assuredly has a Xianfeng Period (1851-1861) four character mark that is well placed and balanced, but has been ground in an effort to obscure the mark.  I can just make out portions of the mark under magnification.  The late Robert Kleiner has told me in the past that mark removal was done to hide the fact that the item was lifted/stolen from the imperial family or other imperial palaces, workshops, etc.  I wonder if it is indeed the case here, for the quality of the bottle is exceptional.  Other then an unexplained fine horizontal line in the design toward the top of the bottle it has high workmanship, great blue tonal use, and very fine details in the painting of the images.

 

My presumption is this bottle is Xianfeng 'mark and period', and likely imperial if the comments on ground off marks have merit.  Interesting!!!!!!

It is a really nice bottle!  Charll     
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Charll K Stoneman, Eureka, California USA, Collector Since 1979.

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