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Lao, God of longevity, characterised by his tall, domed head and long
He stands holding the 'Golden Peach of Immortality' in his left hand
with a staff suspending a scroll in his right.
His belt has a finely carved loop and ribbon suspension below his waist
and to the back hangs two aubergine peaches (symbols of longevity) and
The figure stands on a hardwood base formed as rockwork and pine bough.
A fine carving with much charm.
Staff has been re-stuck at a
break above his right hand
this has resulted in a small
missing between head & staff finial
old sticker stain to back
9 1/2" ( 24.1 cm ) high
Considered an important deity in the Daoist celestial ranks, Shou Lao
is the popular name of Shou Xing, the stellar deity of longevity.
He has long since remained the ancient Chinese god of long life and
luck and aside from the symbolism already noted on this carving, is
sometimes seen carrying a pumpkin gourd, which contains the water of
The Golden Peach of Immortality originates from Xi Wangmu's Holy Peach
Garden. They are found only in Heaven and ripen once every three
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