This extremely well-crafted and hand painted piece of mammoth ivory tusk has been skillfully carved to represent one of the 3 wise men. This sculpture represents Longevity. Look at the ornate staff and the ever-smiling, jovial face. The hair is swept aside in the long beard and yet each one is distinctly visible. Notice the dimpled cheeks and the wrinkled forehead of the old man. The man is holding something in his hand while the other hand is curled over the staff. The artist has ornately carved the signature on the bottom with delicately carved hand painting adoring the diameter of the tusk piece. Look at the play of colors merged into the floral patterns. See the back of the figurine. The complete back is hand painted with precise strokes, lending a beautiful elegance to the sculpture. See the design over the hat; the floral patterns on the belt, the folds of the dress as the fall on the sides are painted in a different design while the Chinese symbols merge well with the flowers. The statue is set on a beautiful carved teakwood base which is custom designed for this specific figurine.
The Chinese Longevity God – Shou Star God(The 3rd member of Three star gods or Three Lucky Men) is almost identical to the Japanese Longevity God Fukurokuju.
Shou Star God the God of Longevity(Shou Xing,Sau).
The God of Longevity is the 3rd god of the Gods of Good Fortune. The God of Longevity was originally a stellar God, Shou Xing or the Star of Longevity or the Star of the South Pole. Shou Xing occupied a very important position in star worshipping. The worshipping of stars in royal ceremonies continue throughout the ages even though dynasties rose and fell. People strongly believe that the stellar deity could control the fate of the country. In addition, he was thought to possess the power to decide the life span of mortals. At a period of time, he was endowed with human qualities and Shou Xing eventually become known as Nan-ji-Xian-weng – “the Old Man of the South Pole” or the God of the South Pole. This is one of the most recognizable deities in Chinese literature.
Fukurokuju probably originated from an old Chinese tale about a mythical Taoist Chinese hermit sage (Sung Period) renowned for performing miracles. In China, this hermit was considered to embody the celestial powers of the south polar star (Southern Cross). To some, the scroll is thought to contain all the wisdom of the world, while to others it contains a magical scripture.
You can read more about the Fukurokuju & the seven Gods of Fortune at our Education Center.
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- Understanding Mammoth Ivory
- Mammoth ivory as International Free Trade merchandise
- Caring for Mammoth Ivory
- Basic differences between Elephant ivory and mammoth ivory
- For how long will mammoth ivory be available?
- Where does mammoth ivory lay buried?
Height: 16, Width:12 , Length: 12 Cm