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Wood Carvings of the Eight Daoist Immortals

Field Museum

Field Museum
Chicago, United States

Daoism is a religion and philosophy focused on the Dao, or the Way. In later dynasties, a group called the Eight Immortals was worshipped as Daoist deities. All had semi-historical stories describing how they achieved immortality, and each had an attribute that made them easy to identify in carvings and paintings.
The Third of the Eight Immortals Lu Tung-pin, carrying a magical sword on his back. He is the patron saint of the barbers. Ebony carving with designs inlaid in silver wire. K'ien-lung Period (1736-95).

Details

  • Title: Wood Carvings of the Eight Daoist Immortals
  • Location: China
  • Type: Artefact
  • Contributor: John Weinstein : The Field Museum of Natural History
  • Rights: (c) Field Museum of Natural History - CC BY-NC

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