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Title

The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han)

19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
Alternate image of The Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbin and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han) by
  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9952.26.a-i
    Copyright

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication