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Netsuke

Date: 1890-1910
Medium: Carved ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 4in. (10.2cm)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection
Object number: PC. 742.10
Label Text
The Eight immortals (Zhongli Quan, Zhang Guolao, Lü Dongbin, Cao Guojiu, Li Tieguai, Han Xiangzi, Lan Caihe and He Xiangu) are legendary beings of Daoism, said to have lived at various times and attained immortality through their studies of nature’s secrets. The Eight Immortals each represent a different condition in life: poverty, wealth, aristocracy, plebeianism, age, youth, masculinity, and femininity. The carved ivory figure depicted represents the condition of poverty, and carries a peach, a symbol of longevity.