- Date of creation
- 19th c.
- embroidery watercolor
- silk paper Indian ink watercolor on silk
- Dimensions (height x width, cm)
- 225 x 43.5
- religious painting
- Purchased from a private individual
- Zolochiv Castle (Chinese Palace)
Information about author
The scroll features deities from the group of the Eight Immortals. The smiling young man holding a jade flute is Han Xiangzi, the patron saint of musicians. Next to him is Cao Guojiu, an imperial official dressed in formal attire and patron of the arts and theatre. He is holding a paiban, a ratchet made from several flat pieces of wood or bamboo. The doctor and scholar Li Tieguai, carrying an iron crutch and a pumpkin filled with magic medicines, is depicted from the rear in profile to the viewer. Although he has the appearance of a mangled, toothless beggar with a short beard, bald head and long curly hair, he is dressed in a well-decorated short dressing gown, a tiger-skin skirt and has gold jewellery: a headband, a bracelet on his arm and an earring in his ear. Li Tieguai is the patron saint of the oppressed, the needy and the sick, whose suffering he relieves through special medicines from his pumpkin. 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.