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Chinese bas-relief depicting the Eight Immortals and the "Crossing of the Seas".

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Chinese bas-relief depicting the Eight Immortals and the "Crossing of the Seas". Bas-relief depicting THE EIGHT IMMORTALS and the "Crossing of the Seas". Wooden panel with lacquered and carved bas-relief. Measurements: 320 cm x 180 cm Period: early 20th century The bas-relief depicts THE EIGHT IMMORTALS and their "Crossing of the Seas". The eight immortals are called Baxian in Chinese: The term Ba (八) means eight, while Xiān 仙人, is a sinogram composed of person (人) and mountain (山). The global translation is "immortal". It was in the 12th century that among various Chinese peoples the mystical figure of the Eight Immortals began to be discussed, eight mystics of Taoist philosophy. They are represented by a man, a woman, a young person, an old person, a rich person, a poor person, an aristocrat, and a proletarian. For centuries, they have provided multiple themes for all artists and artisans. One of the most frequent shows them in the "Crossing of the Seas". Legend has it that the Bāxiān set out on a journey to participate in a banquet organized in the Celestial Palace in Tibet, guests of the Golden Mother, a Taoist Fairy. To undertake this journey, they were instructed by the sea deity Lu Yuan to give up their usual means of transportation: the cloud. They then walked on the sea using their magical objects: staffs, swords, musical instruments, fans, etc. They experienced a thousand adventures during this crossing, and each of these immortals had to demonstrate their own courage and personal power to succeed in the endeavor. The significance of this iconography lies in the exhortation to respect and value one's own personal characteristics, allowing them to flourish, and to do the same, that is, to value and respect the personal qualities of others, because only through this can adversities be overcome and great success achieved. Even today, the expression "The Eight Immortals cross the sea" is a widely used proverb to describe someone who performs a miracle with their special abilities. Cod. 13350 M,S
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 70.87 in (180 cm)Width: 125.99 in (320 cm)Depth: 2.37 in (6 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1920 circa
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Cesena, IT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU6294239131932
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