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Chang Kuo-lao (with musical instrument)

Creation date: ca. 1900
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Ivory Sculpture
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: Gift of the James P. Witherow Family
Accession Number: 1984.13.8
Dimensions: 17 1/2 in. x 4 1/16 in. x 3 1/8 in. (44.45 cm x 10.32 cm x 7.94 cm)
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James P. Whiterow, La Jolla, California ( - November 30, 1984)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 30, 1984 - )

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The Eight Daoist Immortals have been a popular codified group since the twelfth century. For the most part they were historical persons who lived during the Tang and Song periods of the eighth through twelfth centuries and became mythologized as Daoist “immortals.” Each has a detailed biography, often with legendary embellishments. This impressive set shows an elegant, idealized, and flawless depiction of these beloved saints. Though they have some bizarre characteristics, they are all focused on being benevolent to mankind, practicing the Daoist arts of longevity and achieving immortality.
Last Updated: 7/16/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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