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    Posted 10 years ago

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    This beautifully hand carved wooden statue, circa late 19th or early 20th century, measures 8 inches in height and 2 1/2 inches in width.

    Shou Lao is the Chinese deity of longevity and is also called Shou Xing, Shou Hsing, and Nan Ji Xian Weng. Legend holds that Shou Lao began as a star in the southern constellation Argo, and he is sometime referred to as the Old Man of the South Pole. He is easily recognizable by his over sized forehead, representing wisdom, and his extra long beard, which is meant to literally demonstrate a long life. Shou Lao is always depicted holding a long staff and a peach, both symbols of longevity themselves, and said to come from Xi Wangmu's magical peach garden found in Heaven. Xi Wangmu is also called Yin and is the personification of femininity and the Chi energy of the same name. The peach trees in her garden only bloom every 3,000 years. The longevity god carries the peach of immortality as an offering, showing that long life may be bestowed upon those who pay their respects to Shou Lao. That is why his likeness can be found in many Chinese homes displayed prominently in an alter or a central location. Shou Lao himself is said to have gained immortality by having shown proper respect to the gods of birth and death in a chance encounter.

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    1. toracat toracat, 10 years ago
      Beautiful wood statue!! I collect Asian and well everything! My son is 1/2 Asian. If you would do me a favor, I put a statue on my site. I am at a loss of who, what it is made of, when and where made? Thank you, I traveled a lot during my life also! Don
    2. Zowie Zowie, 10 years ago
      Sorry I cannot tell you anything about this piece, but I do like your style.
    3. epson233 epson233, 10 years ago
      very interesting -- thank you for sharing

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