This is a large framed embroidered silk Chinese tapestry composed of two sewn together panels depicting the 8 Chinese Immortals. The embroidery is bright with complex hand stitched detail. Each of the figures is outlined in a golden metallic thread. The entire embroidery is in really great shape with no visible rips or tears. The modern frame is a heavy red lacquer. The piece is framed by a thin black mat.
I purchased this embroidery at Beijing’s original Wenwuguan (or cultural relics shop) before many of the current restrictions on Chinese antiques were in place.
The handling cost includes sturdy safe preparation for shipping.
Please email if you have questions or need additional photos to show the condition of the piece.
If you live in the New York area I can arrange a drop off which would be cheaper than shipping.
The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa-hsien) are a group of legendary xian (“immortals; transcendents; saints”) inChinese mythology. Each Immortal’s power can be transferred to a power tool (法器) that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called “Covert Eight Immortals” (暗八仙 àn ~). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang Dynasty or Song Dynasty. They are revered by theTaoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea which includesPenglai Mountain-Island.
The Immortals are:
Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu),
Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu),
Iron-Crutch Li (Tieguai Li),
Lü Dongbin, (leader)
Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi),
Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao), and
Han Zhongli (Zhongli Quan).