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17035

One of the Eight Immortals on a Cloud
Item No. 17035

Early 20th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Ceramics
10" x 3.5" x 3"
( 25.4 x 8.89 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)

This image represents Lu Tung Pin, the most popular of the Taoist Eight Immortals of popular Chinese folklore. Lu Tung Pinís image is found in most Taoist temples and many grottoes are dedicated to him on the sacred mountains of China.
He is venerated for his medical powers and his association with the elixir of life and is considered the doctor of the poor. Those who are ill visit one of Lu Tung Pin's grottoes or his shrine in a Taoist temple where the devotee offers prayers, recites his symptoms and shakes a bamboo container filled with numbered sticks. When a stick falls out, the devotee takes the number to the herbal shop on the temple grounds or at the base of the mountain to have the prescription filled.
Lu Tung Pin also has power over evil spirits and accomplishes his actions through charms. His two major symbols are a sword and a bushy fly whisk, a traditional symbol of one who can fly at will. In this statue he grasps his fly whisk, across his chest and leans forward as if in motion. He is dressed in elaborated decorated blue, green and red official robes, with an officialís cap with red ribbons streaming down his back. He stands on green swirling cloud forms, also indicating his ability to engage in flight

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