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.

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‘Chinese Incense Burners- Collection of Steven Hung & Lindy Chern’, National Museum of History 2000, figure 171, p.204

‘Later Chinese Bronzes’, Rose Kerr, Bamboo Publishing Ltd in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum 1990, figure 66, p.84

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