|Title||ivory statuette of Shoulao holding a staff and peach|
|Collection||Artworld: Oriental Museum|
|Date||17th century CE|
|Description||Figurine of Shoulao, the Daoist god of longevity, carved from melon-yellow ivory. Shoulao is depicted as a bald-headed elderly man with a high forehead and a lined brow. He wears long flowing robes tied at the waist. In his right hand Shoulao holds a staff with a twisted, tapering shaft and an ornate jade finial carved in the shape of a recumbent dog. In his left hand he holds a peach, a symbol of longevity. His face is finely carved with a long beard and kind features.
The figure stands on a carved wooden base of swirling clouds. The figure has two small wooden pegs underneath that slot into two corresponding holes in the base to hold it in place.
|Id Number Current Accession||L.2001.E7|
|Id Number Former Accession||E7|
|Location Creation Site||Zhonghua|
|Location Current Repository||The Oriental Museum|
|Subject||sculpture in the round, statuette|
|Measurements||95 x 335 x 80 mm|
|Relation References||Watson, W. 1984. Chinese ivories from the Shang to the Qing. London: British Museum, p. 89-97|
|Rights||Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|