Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

The Immortal Li Tieguai

The Immortal Li Tieguai

李鐵拐

1500s

Su Wennan 蘇文南

(Chinese)

China, Ming dynasty

(1368–1644)

Bronze

Overall: 41.8 cm (16 7/16 in.)

Cornelia Blakemore Warner Fund 1973.158

Location

Exhibition

Escaping to a Better World: Eccentrics and Immortals in Chinese Art (Chinese art rotation)

Description

This bronze statue of Li Tieguai shows him dressed as a beggar in a tattered robe, holding a crutch in his right and a ball of medicine in his left hand. Li Tieguai is the patron saint for physicians and legend says that he dispenses pills from the gourd for the sick. He wears a belt of leaves and another gourd hangs from his waist. His head is crowned with what appears to be a metal ring, signifying his immortal status. Four incised characters in seal script on the back of the figure reads “made by Su Wennan (蘇文南製).”

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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