Han Hsian Tzu, One of the Eight Immortals
Item No. 17042
Early 20th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
12" x 4.5" x 3"
( 30.48 x 11.43 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)
The Eight Immortals of Taoist legends are believed to possess supernatural powers, and are capable of performing magic. Each immortal carries a special auspicious object which identifies them and each has a special ability. This elegant figurine represents Han Hsian Tzu, the 6th of the Eight Immortals stated to have been a grand-nephew of Han Yü (A.D. 768–824), the great statesman, philosopher, and poet of the T’ang dynasty, and an ardent follower of transcendental study. Han Tzu studied with his uncle, and surpassed his teacher in intelligence and the performance of wonderful feats.
Han Hsian Tzu is identified by the flute he carries which is used to provide six healing sounds to attract good chi around him to induce healing energies. He wandered around the country playing his flute and attracting birds and beasts of prey by the sweet sound. It is said that Han could make flowers bloom and grow instantaneously with just his will, and soothe wild animals with his music. He could produce from a little earth in a flower-pot marvelous flowering plants, with leaves on which verses were written in letters of gold.
The immortals are generally depicted individually, in groups of three or all eight of them together. As a group, the ‘Eight Immortals’ is figuratively used for happiness. Consequently, the number eight is associated with luck in Chinese traditions, especially those associated wit feng Sui. Placing images of the Eight Immortals in a residential or business location will bestow good health, happiness and extremely good fortune. Among the followers of the Eight Immortals, there are auspicious spaces to display these figures. They should never been placed in bathrooms, bedrooms or kitchens.
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