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Figure of Shouxing, the God of Long Life

Figure of Shouxing, the God of Long Life


Shouxing is a popular Daoist deity of long life. He is often shown, as here, carrying peaches, also symbols of long life. Small figures like this could be made relatively quickly using a mould.

Daoism is a Chinese philosophy and religion which is based on the Dao (the Way). It was started by philosophers living 2,500 years ago. The most famous of these is Laozi (‘Old Master’) who is said to have written the famous book Daodejing (The Way and its Power).

Glass, press-moulded
Width: 2.2 cm, length: 5.0 cm, depth: 1.1 cm

Chinese Description:

寿星像 中国,明朝 (1368-1644) 寿星是道教代表长寿的神祇,故常被塑做成手持寿桃的老翁。这尊塑像体型细小,以模型铸造,制作需时不长。 「道」指天地万物的本原,道家思想源于二千五百多年前的中国。 玻璃,模型铸造

Creator: Unknown

Date: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4796

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