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Figures of the Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbing and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han)

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The Eight Immortals of Chinese Daoism (Taoism) symbolise longevity and prosperity. While some of the Immortals are believed to have been historical figures, others existed only in legend. The particular group of eight characters displayed here began to gain popularity in the 1300s. He Xiangu is the only female among them, though the age and gender of Lan Caihe are unspecified. The figure holding the gourd is Li Tieguai who is often associated with medicine and healing. The Immortals are thought to live in the Isles of the Blest.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

19th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware


Dimensions

a - Li Tieguai (Li T'ieh-Kuai); 23.2 cm

b - Cao Guojiu (Ts-ao Kuo-Ch'iu); 23.6 cm

c - Lan Caihe (Lan Ts-aiho); 22.8 cm

d - Zhang Guolao (Chang Kuo Lao); 22.5 cm

e - Han Xiangzi (Han Hsiang Tzu); 22.7 cm

f - He Xiangu (Ho Hsien Ku); 22.6 cm

g - Lao-tzu; 17.8 cm

h - Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han, Chung-li Ch'uan); 22.2 cm

i - Lu Dongbing (Lu Tung-Ping); 24 cm


Credit

Purchased 1921


Accession number

9952.26.a-i



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–2018