Figural Group: Shoulao, God of Longevity

2005.11.0005A

Photo of Figural Group: Shoulao, God of Longevity

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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Figural Group: Shoulao, God of Longevity   (2005.11.0005A)
Classification/
Nomenclature
Communication Artifacts : Art : N/A
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, East, China
Period/Date Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty, 18th Century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 29 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 11 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 8 cm
Weight 706 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A
Description

"An elaborate, finely carved and detailed root wood group of Shoulao (Shou lao) with Deer and Crane, Shoulao holding attributes, all upon a free form root wood stand. This important Chinese root wood group dates from the 18th century, 13 1/2” high. Shoulao is called the God of Longevity. He is often referred to as the 9th Immortal. He has a venerable head (elongated forehead).

The Deer (sometimes referred to as Shoulao’s stag) and the crane (grus montignesia) are believed to live to a very great age; they are a symbol of longevity and have mythical attributes, and they often accompany the God of Longevity." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 8/31/2005

Comparanda

Christie’s, New York City, 9/21 and 22/1995, sale #8220, lot 506. A Shoulao root wood, 32”H, 19th c. The subject carving is more intricate than the comparable, having three figures.

Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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