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A Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao - 19th Century or earlier

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

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Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao
Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao
Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao
Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao
Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao
Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Boxwood Carving of Shou Lao

Shou Lao, God of longevity, characterised by his tall, domed head and long beard.

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 leaves.

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 piece
missing between head & staff finial


old sticker stain to back

base removable


Measures;
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 life.

The Golden Peach of Immortality originates from Xi Wangmu's Holy Peach Garden. They are found only in Heaven and ripen once every three thousand years.



Item no; C-021206-269-2
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