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Daoist Immortal Han Xiangzi

Daoist Immortal Han Xiangzi

韓湘子

1662–1722

Porcelain with famille verte overglaze enamel decoration

Overall: 28.3 cm (11 1/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.194

Description

One of the Eight Immortals, Han Xiangzi was said to be the nephew of the famous Tang dynasty poet Han Yu (768–824). He is usually shown as a young boy holding a flute. Han is wearing a white robe decorated with peonies, hinting at his identity as the patron of florists and his legendary ability to make peonies bloom in winter. A four-clawed dragon, a decorative motif typically used for imperial nobility and certain high-ranking officials, decorates Han’s robe.

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