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A GROUP OF FIVE COLOR HAND-PAINTED CHINESE IMMORTALS ON PITHPAPER AND COLOR-PAIN
[China ca.1830-1880's]. Group of five hand-painted postcards in full color collage, with laid-down old pith paintings and addtional paintings with gold outlines & designs,very clean, sharp & excellent original painted art. R A R E ! *** *** A LOVELY GROUP OF FINE COLOR EXAMPLES THE "EIGHT IMMORTALS" The lovely group of five paintings of the "EIGHT IMMORTALS:" a. HAN CHUNG-LI was the chief and greatest of the group. He was supposed to have lived in the Han dynasty and was the keeper of the elixir of the immortality and the power of transmutation. Here he looks over the garden holding his hands in a stylized Mudra. b. CHANG KUO-LAO was a magician who lived in the 8th century. He possessed supernatural powers and could render himself invisible. He usually rode on a magic white mule backwards. In this depiction, he appears to be crying and wipes the tears from his right eye. He looks over the dark, dreary lake. c. LU TUNG-PIN whose emblems are the "Devil Slaying sword:. The Emperor Hui-tsung conferred on him the title of "Hero of Marvelous Wisdom" in 1115. He is depicted in Taoist robe, carrying a sword on his back. He is the only Immortal worshipped inside the Taoist temples, and is the Patron Saint of jugglers, magicians and barbers. Here he is shown holding a long staff with sword, looking over the lake. d. TS'AO KUO-CHIU is supposed to be the brother of the Empress Ts'ao Hou of Sung Dynasty. He was portrayed as an old man with a beard, wearing a hat and an official robe. He is the Patron Saint of actors and his emblem are "Castanets." In this painting depiction, he is seen holding a baby for good luck, looking over the lake e. HO HSIEN-KU the only female Immortal, typically holds a lotus flower and has beautiful flowing robes and sometimes bare foot. She became a fairy after she ate an enchanted peach. She is the Patron Saint of florists. Here she is seen in the garden, looking over the lake. THE PAINTING TECHNIQUES: These paintings are 'multi-media." They are all composed of the main figure taken from what is an 1820's pith painting, made in gouache. These figures are then laid down on a stiff post card. This gives the card a "three dimensional" quality. The work is enhanced with a delightful background. Each painting of the central figure has stunning colors, each again accented with gold paint to give it a 'live' sparkle. The works are very nicely painted giving the central figure the focus of attention by playing down the background. CONDITION: The works are all in excellent condition, without any flaws. REFERENCES: LAI, T.C. THE EIGHT IMMORTALS. .
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