Porcelain basin with Underglaze Blue and Overglaze Enamels; Taoist Immortal Design, Ming Dynasty, Wanli Mark and Period, 1573-1620, d.36.8cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10566. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka.
The rim of this deep basin flares outward in a sword guard shape, and it is cut in an octagonal flower shape. The inside bottom, inside walls, and rim are divided into sections by pine trees, and each section contains a depiction of Taoist immortals. The red, blue, yellow, and green colors are used liberally for an extremely bright effect. In contrast, the outer wall is decorated with two kinds of baoxiang-hua flowers, and the outer rim features a cloud scroll pattern. Several similar pieces are known to exist, both in blue-and-white and wucai ware. This was used as a wash basin, and was mounted on a wooden stand. A similar wucai basin has been excavated from the Qing dynasty tomb in Beijing.