Ink and color on paper
Painting only: 52.7 x 28 cm (20 3/4 x 11 in.); Overall: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.219
The oval face with the pointy chin and wide forehead is a typical depiction of women in 19th-century paintings like this one.
By the late 18th century, subjects that deal with Daoist immortals and their fantasy stories were increasingly chosen for paintings. For their wish-granting message, Daoist figure paintings such as this one were often commissioned to celebrate festive occasions. Judging from its dimension, this paining may have been part of either a small-size multi-panel folding screen or a large-size album that depicts a series of Daoist immortals and Buddhist deities.
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