A bronze figure of Lan Tzaihe
Ming dynasty, 17th century, China
Height: 35.3 cm 13.90 inches, width: 20 cm 7.87 inches
Lan Tzaihe is one of the eight Taoist immortals. He is depicted standing with bare feet on a stylised rock work base, with an oval face, open mouth and wide bulging eyes which have a contemplative expression. His head is shaved on both sides, and the remaining hair is formed into an elaborate topknot. Lan Tzaihe wears a bib decorated with a prominent cloud head motif above a pair of loose fitting trousers. He holds a flower basket in his left hand, an unidentifiable tool in the right hand, and strapped to his back by rope is a large baluster vase.