This piece of history is hand carved and this depicts the original eight immortals. This item measures approximately 15 inches long, 10 inches tall and it has a three dimensional thickness of approximately 1 3/8 inches.
The tradition of depicting humans who have become immortals is an ancient practice in Chinese art, and when religious Taoism gained popularity, it quickly picked up this tradition with its own immortals.The popular and well-known Eight Immortals first appeared in the Jin dynasty. The art of the Jin tombs of the 12th and 13th centuries depicts a group of eight Taoist immortals in wall murals and sculptures. They officially became known as the Eight Immortals. The 8 Immortals are considered to be signs of prosperity and longevity, so they are popular themes in ancient and medieval art. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Penglai Mountain-Island. The Immortals are:
The carving is ornate and it is in the original condition - never painted or covered with gilding with gold leaf or paint. This item was purchased near the Li River / Guangxi province of China.