Ma Gu (麻姑- “hemp maiden”) is a popular Taoist immortal symbolising the elixir of immortality and a protector of the females in China.
Depicted in the classic Ming dynasty novel ‘Journey to the West’ by Wu Cheng’en, Lady Ma brewed a concoction of wine and cannabis for a birthday banquet hosted by the ‘Queen Mother of the West’.
Lady Ma here is seen with a cheerful smile in a heavy robe holding a basket of herbs over her shoulders, making her way to the heavenly party.
Porcelain, underglaze blue and white.
Yongzheng Period (AD 1723 -1735).
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China.
23cm x 2.3cm