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Figures of the Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbing and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han)

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.

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  • Title: Figures of the Eight Immortals: Li Tieguai, Cao Guojiu, Lan Caihe, Zhang Guolao, Han Xiangzi, He Xiangu, Lü Dongbing and Zhongli Quan (Zhongli Han)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: China
  • Physical 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
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: Purchased 1921
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/9952.26.a-i
  • Medium: earthenware

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