Collection

Scroll

unknown

  • Scroll 2
  • Scroll 3
Basic information
ID
Рз-136/7
Author
unknown
Name
Scroll
Date of creation
19th c.
Technique
embroidery watercolor
Material
silk paper Indian ink watercolor on silk
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
225 x 43.5
Information about author
Author
unknown
Object description
All the characters depicted on the scrolls are on an orderly fenced island - the home of the immortals. At the bottom are two travellers, one of whom resembles the sage Vimalakirti, a follower of Buddha, whose characteristic attribute is a fly swatter broom made of horse-tail hair. Beside him, we see Dongfang Shuo, a Chinese scholar and immortal, recognizable by a branch of peaches, who is worshipped as a protector against ghosts and illnesses and as a god of longevity. A triad of star gods is depicted above. The one with the particularly elongated skull is Shou Xing, god of longevity, a benevolent, smiling old man with a long white beard. Nearby, Fu Xing, god of wealth, and Lu Xing, god of prosperity, hold three-legged incense burners. Along with the deities, their constant companions are two boys, one of whom is at a table with various utensils, apparently preparing a ritual incense; the other, depicted with a rod of 'Jui', symbolises the fulfilment of all wishes. The scroll is part of a set of 11 vertical scrolls that compose a single work depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, namely the journey of the Daoist Immortals to Xi Wang Mu.