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Title

Dongfang Shuo

18th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Figure of Tung fang Shuo
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    18th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain, glazes
    Dimensions
    48.3 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1921
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9952.28
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    With a prominent forehead, long beard and holding a peach in his left hand, this figurine is usually named as the longevity deity, shouxing, who is often related to Dongfang Shuo (154–93 BCE). He is said to be a wise and humorous official serving under the Han dynasty Emperor Wudi (156–87 BCE). Legend has it that he steals longevity peaches that take 3000 years to ripen and grow in the Queen Mother of the West on the Kunlun Mountains in north-west China. He is said to have lived to 18,000 years old, making him a symbol of longevity.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Captain G.W. Eedy, pre Apr 1921, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, acquired in China. Offered for sale by James R. Lawson, 11 October 1921, lot 359. Purchased by Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Oct 1921.