Eight-Immortals

Known as the Eight immortals (八仙 baxian), or Eight Taoist Immortals, individuals in this group of Taoists have attained immortality and are deified and revered as symbols of longevity, as are the personal symbols they carry: Han Xiangzi (韩湘子)- flute; Li Tieguai’(李 铁拐) – gourd with magic elixir and crutch; Lan Caihe (蓝采和) – basket of flowers or peaches; Lu Dongbin (吕洞宾) – sword and flywhisk; He Xiangu (何仙姑) – lotus, peach, fly whisk, or bamboo sieve; Zhang Guolao (张果老) – fish drum and rides a donkey; and Cao Guojiu (曹国舅) – ruyi scepter, castanets, and the fan of Han Zhongli. The group describes the Chinese imagination: male and female, young and old, appearing in mythical landscapes, riding legendary animals, crossing seas, floating atop clouds, and appearing singly, as a pair or a group of eight. The name Eight Immortals is very significant, as ba, the word for eight, is a homophone rhyming with fa, the word for “to expand.” To Chinese, this means to grow in wealth and happiness and explains why the number eight is so often used by Chinese for addresses, license plates and phone numbers.

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  • Antique Carved Jewelry Box with Auspicious Symbols, China (16000TRK) $325

    $325.00
    H: 6.375″  W: 10.75″  D: 7.125″  |  FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S.

    This charming carved and lacquered multi-use box opens from the top and has a side drawer with a metal pull. It decorated with auspicious carved symbols as wishes for a good, healthy, prosperous and long life  Carved fu lion heads with flowing manes adorn the front and plum blossoms and a fan adorn the front and frame.  Painted calligraphic poetic phrases refer to a wish for many sons and it was likely a wedding gift to newlyweds and would still be great for that purpose.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Immortal Lu Dongbin, Chinese Republic (17035WRK) $295

    $295.00
    Ht: 10”  W: 3.25”  D: 3.25” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This polychrome vintage Chinese Republic porcelain figurine represents the most famous and colorful of the Taoist Eight Immortals, Lu Dongbin. He holds his fly whisk at his cheek, a traditional symbol of one who can fly at will. His face has a sweet benign smile with a long beard extending to his waist. He stands on a base with green and black swirling cloud forms indicating his ability to fly. He wears the robes of a Taoist sage in richly painted colors. The figure is in excellent condition and dates to the Republic of China Period circa 1920-1940.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin, Chinese Republic (17034GRK) $295

    $295.00
    Ht: 9.75”  W: 3.5”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This colorful Chinese Republic  porcelain is the most popular of the Eight Immortals Lu Dongbin, who symbolizes immortality and long life. Dressed as a scholar, his beard is pushed to the side as he is in motion riding waves to show his magical powers. He holds a fly whisk which, along with the sword he often carries, are personal auspicious symbols. The most colorful of the immortals, he is worshipped by for his medical prowess and by scholars in homes and temples.

  • Porcelain Immortal, Chinese Republic, China (17042ZRK) $295

    $295.00
    H: 12”  W: 4.5”  D: 3” | FREE SHIPPING

    This elegant Chinese Republic Period porcelain is the Taoist immortal Han Xiangzi carrying his auspicious flute dressed in a beautiful blue robe with wide black borders, fine internal decorations and a decorative yellow floral undergarment. On the bottom is the kiln seal. As the patron saint of musicians and florists, it is a great gift for someone who enjoys these pursuits.

  • Song Dynbasty Tile of Immortal with Firecracker, China (5515LEM) $495

    $495.00
    H: 7”  W: 5”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING

    This Song earthenware tile depicts the legendary scholar, poet and alchemist Taoist deity Lu Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals, who sought to discover the elixir of immortality and used charms still used in Chinese homes to prevent illness and ward off evil. He and his fly whisk are auspicious symbols of longevity and a wish for immortality.

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