Bring a piece of Chinese history and culture into your home with this magnificent root carving of an immortal figure. The intricate details and expert craftsmanship of this piece are truly impressive, with teeth made from bone and porcelain eyes adding to its lifelike qualities. The subject of the carving is believed to be Lu Dongbin, the chief leader and revered 8th-century scholar.
Dating back to around 1900, this piece is steeped in rich cultural history and tradition. Although it is in good condition, there are a couple of splits that can be seen in the photographs and a missing toe on one of the feet, adding to its unique character. This stunning carving would make a beautiful addition to any collection, or a conversation starter in any room.
The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals" (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Mount Penglai.