Lidded Pot, anonymous, c. 1620 - c. 1640
On the body of the pot are small unglazed figurines. They represent the Eight Immortals, legendary figures in Taoism, who feature in many wondrous Chinese tales. The jar was meant for making offerings on a Chinese altar. In the 17th century a number of these vessels found their way to the Netherlands as rarities. Amalia, Stadtholder Frederick Henry’s consort, also had one.