A Large Famille Rose "Hundred Deer's" Chinese Porcelain Charger Shallow vessel raised on slightly foot ring, with board wide cavetto finely decorated in famille rose hand painting of "hundred deer" within mountainous forestry scene.
Mark on base, Six blue seal script -ZhuanShu- Characters, QianLong Reign Period of Great Qing.
Dimensions: 2.75"H x 20" Dia.
Hundred Deer (bai lu) motif is referring to a long career in civil service, since the Chinese word lu for "deer" is a homophone for "emolument" or "civil service salary". The 'hundred bai deer motif' therefore represent the ultimate success in Imperial China - scholarly success and a long career in government service. The idea conveyed in the 'Hundred Deer' design is a wish for great wealth and success. The deer symbolizes immortality and is the companion of ShuoLao, the God of Longevity, while the inclusion of peaches and Lingzhi fungus in the decoration is often a further symbolic of longevity. It also represents filial piety which comes from the folk tale of Zhou Yanzi. This is a story of a young boy who tries to get milk from a deer to cure his ailing father. To achieve his goal he wears deer skin and joins a deer herd to gather milk.