Pair of Antique Chinese Porcelain Miniature Immortals Figurines beautiful handcrafted Chinese figurines in traditional dress.
We suspect them to be Zhongli Quan associated with death and the power to create silver and gold, often depicted holding a fan and Lan Caihe, an immortal of ambiguous gender considered the patron of florists and gardeners.
Early 20th Century unmarked pieces likely not for export. From the Estate of a Chinoiserie Collector who traveled in Asia. Beautiful and special pieces for any collection. In excellent vintage condition please note the tiny chip or rough edge on the base of the man with a fan. Wear consistent with age and use we feel it does not detract from the overall look of the piece and is quite common for these items. It has been priced accordingly.
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DIMENSIONS: 2 1/4" H x 1/2" W x 1/4" D
ORIGIN: Clay, unmarked (made in China not for export)
CIRCA: 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY:
The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary Xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals" (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Mount Penglai.
The Eight Immortals
He Xiangu (何仙姑), generally seen as the only female of the group, often depicted holding a lotus flower.
Cao Guojiu (曹國舅), related to a Song dynasty emperor before he became an immortal.
Li Tieguai (李鐵拐), considered to be mentally disturbed and associated with medicine and easing the suffering of the sick and needy,identified by his iron crutch and calabash bottle.
Lan Caihe (藍采和), an immortal of ambiguous gender considered the patron of florists and gardeners.
Lü Dongbin (呂洞賓), a scholar and poet considered to be the leader of the Eight Immortals.
Han Xiangzi (韓湘子), a flute artist.
Zhang Guolao (張果老), a fangshi associated with old age.
Zhongli Quan (鍾離權), associated with death and the power to create silver and gold, often depicted holding a fan.