AGE: – Unknown no markings
CONSTRUCTION: – blanc de Chine porcelain
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Blanc de Chine Eight Immortals – good condition in glass case
HEIGHT: – Range from 10cm to 14cm
WEIGHT:– 3.3 kg. Excluding glass case
Chinese Blanc De Chine Figures of Eight Immortals such as these are often depicted in Chinese literature and mythology and are often seen on Chinese Ceramics, carvings, paintings and Chinese temples, they are venerated among the Daoist Chinese throughout south East Asia and China.
Representations of the Eight Immortals are:
LI TieGuai“Iron-crutch Li”, who always carries a crutch and a gourd; he is the emblem of the sick.
Zhongli QuanUsually shown with a fan; he represents the military man
LAN CaiHeThe strolling singer, either a woman or a young boy, shown with a flower-basket; patron deity of florist.
ZHANG GuoLaoSaid to have lived in the 7-th or early 8-th century, shown as a rule with his mule, and carrying a bamboo tube-drum with iron sticks; he is the emblem of old men.
HE XianGuA woman, said to have lived in the late 7-th century, shown with a lotus blossom or flower basket, and occasionally with a peach and sheng reed-organ.
LU DongBinBorn c. 755 AD, died 805 AD, shown with a fly-whisker, is dressed as a scholar, and honored as such. He also had a magic sword with which he performed freak feats, for which reason he is also the patron deity of barbers.
HAN XiangZiSaid to be the nephew of the Tang Dynasty statesman and scholar Han Yu, is often shown with a flute, and patron deity of musicians.
CAO GuoJiuSaid to have been connected with the Sung Imperial family, and is generally shown with castanets or a jade tablet of admission to court; patron deity of actors.