Rubel Rubbings Virtual Collection
 
Title
Stellar God of Longevity and Old Age
Nan ji xian weng
Shou xing tu
VIA ID
olvwork280544 
Digital Object
Stellar God of Longevity and Old Age.   Nan ji xian weng
Location
Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections; F-100
Creation Date
19th. century?
Description
94 x 54 cm
Form/Genre
still image

rubbings
Style
Qing
Culture
Chinese
Materials Type
ink
Materials Type
paper
Materials Type
intaglio
Subject
Xi'an bei lin, Xi'an Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China ;  Longmen Caves, Luoyang, Henan, China ;  inscriptions ;  stele (archaeology) ;  Daoist gods ;  stars ;  sticks ;  writing ;  male figures ;  beards ;  painting

Note
Rubbing from stele depicting Shou xing, stellar God of Longevity and Old Age. "Dao tong tian di," -- the Way prevails through heaven and earth-- 4 characters are written into the figure outline. Painting by Dong Cesan, inscription calligraphy by Yuan Shen, postscript by Xi Wugui, engraved by Liu Gaogui.

Historical: Stele date: 9th. mo. of Dingsi, Qing Dynasty.

General note: Script style: in cao shu, postscript in kai shu. / Shou xing: the stellar deity of longevity with popular name Shou Lao and also called Nan ji xian weng or Nan ji lao ren ("the Old Man of the South Pole.") He is one of San xing, The Three Gods: Fu xing (God of Luck), Lu xing (God of Wealth), and Shou xing (God of Long Life). Shou xing is usually portrayed with an enormous head, carrying a long staff and a pumpkin gourd in one hand and holds the peach of immortality in the other.

Citation/References: Beijing tu shu guan cang hua xiang ta ben hui bian, 1993, v. 9, p. 165. (Shou xing tu bing zang). / Chavannes Edouard. Mission archeologique dans la Chine septentrionale, 1909, V. 10, Pl. no. 1176. (Image de Cheou sing formant rebus)
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