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This figure is representative of immortality and good health. To this end, he is holding a peach in his hand, which is a well respected symbol of all things immortal in China. The shape of his head traditionally resembles that of a peach and his clothes represent the colour palette of famille rose. The idea of a long life, respect for the elders and immortality has been a Daoist (and Confucian) concern for centuries and symbols thereof became essential in Chinese art.
Qing Dynasty, Gungxu Period (1875 - 1908)
|Height||8.00 inch||(20.32 cm)|
|Width||4.50 inch||(11.43 cm)|
|Depth||3.00 inch||(7.62 cm)|