19th Century Chinese wine teapot, in white porcelain, decorated with polychrome enamels. This example from the Frederico de Freitas House-Museum reproduces a model from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) and has the shape of the character Shou, which represents longevity. Two other teapot formats of this typology are known, related to the characters Fu (prosperity) and Lu (success).
The pursuit of longevity has always played an important role in China as it was associated with respect for the elders, with individual search for long life and the cult of immortality, fundamental concepts of Confucianism and Taoism that are expressed in decorative arts.
Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum