Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving
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Antique Chinese Immortal Root Carving

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An impressive Chinese root carving of an immortal figure. Very well carved, the teeth are made from bone and the eyes porcelain. Dating from around 1900, the top of the gourd has unfortunately broken off at some point and been glued back on. The subject of the statue, I think, is Taiguai Li. Often translated as "Iron Crutch Li," this Immortal is rather ill-tempered but is also a benevolent patron to the sick and needy. He is usually depicted carrying a gourd slung over his shoulder, from which he dispenses medicine to heal the sick. // The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals" (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Mount Penglai.