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Three star gods
清代 福祿壽三星 絹本設色
Place of Origin: China
Date: approx. 1700-1800
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions: H. 53 1/2 in x W. 39 3/4 in, H. 135.9 cm x W. 101 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Michel Weill
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1994.1
On Display: No

Description

Label: The basic Chinese wishes are represented by the three star gods. The god of blessings (Fuxing) is accompanied by boys. The god of rank and wealth (Luxing) appears as a richly attired official. The god of longevity (Shoulao or Shaoxing) is shown as an old man with a prominent forehead who is holding a staff and the peach of immortality. Many Chinese pray to these favorite household gods in the hope that their wishes will come true.
Label: The basic Chinese wishes are represented by the three star gods. The god of blessings (Fuxing) is accompanied by boys. The god of rank and wealth (Luxing) appears as a richly attired official. The god of longevity (Shoulao or Shaoxing) is shown as an old man with a prominent forehead who is holding a staff and the peach of immortality. Many Chinese pray to these favorite household gods in the hope that their wishes will come true.