Statue depicting Shou Lao (Shou Xing), Chinese god of longevity

Made:
1701-1900 in China
Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900 Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900 Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900 Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900

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Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou-hsing the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Carved wooden statue, depicts Shou Lao (Shou Xing), the Chinese God of Long Life, holds a gourd in his hands, Chinese, 1701-1900

Shouxing (also known as Shoulao) is the god of longevity, one of three star gods in Chinese beliefs. His most recognisable feature is his pronounced bald head and long beard, and he carries the ‘peach of immortality’. Statues of Shouxing are popular birthday gifts for elders.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A658040
Materials:
complete and wood
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture