- Place where the work was made
- 19th century
- Media category
- Materials used
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
- Purchased 1921
- Not on display
- Accession number
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
Referenced in 1 publication
James R. Lawson Pty Ltd (Director), Catalogue of the Eedy collection, Sydney, 1921.
Captain G.W. Eedy, pre Apr 1921, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, acquired in China. Offered for sale by James R. Lawson (auction house), 11 October 1921, lot 307. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1921.