Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean



Zhao Qi 趙麒

(Chinese, active early 1500s)
Image: 135 x 57.5 cm (53 1/8 x 22 5/8 in.); Overall: 233 x 71.6 cm (91 3/4 x 28 3/16 in.); with knobs: 233 x 77.5 cm (91 3/4 x 30 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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Zhongli Quan wears a girdle of leaves, a common Daoist immortal-recluse attribute.


Here, Zhongli Quan is crossing the ocean. He is one of the Eight Immortals (baxian), a group of popular Daoist figures who understood the way of life and could transform into otherworldly beings. Zhongli Quan is usually depicted as a scholar with a big belly seen through his partially open robe. The artist used expressive brushwork to depict the immortal’s fluttering robe and the roaring waves, skillfully creating a sense of movement.

This scroll may have been one of a set depicting the Eight Immortals. Although the painting has no signature or seal, its style supports an attribution to the Ming dynasty painter Zhao Qi.
Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean

Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean


Zhao Qi

(Chinese, active early 1500s)
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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