Bamboo Grove - Antique Asian Art - Specializing in Chinese and Japanese



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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1920: Item # 80025

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This early 20th century Chinese carved wood statue is 9 ¼ inches tall, 6 inches wide and 4 inches in depth. The statue presents a legendary Chinese character who is a member of the eight immortals. According to legend, one day he told his follower that his spirit was going to travel far away. He asked the young follower to watch his body for seven days while he was away. If he did not come back after the seventh day, the young man must burn his body. Everything went well, the young man kept his promise and the spirit enjoyed the trip. But on the last day, the young man discovered his mother was very sick and that he needed to go home. So, the young man burned the body and left. It was a big shock when the tired spirit returned home from his trip and to find no ¡°place¡± to go. So, desperate and hopeless, he had to settle for a body of a recently deceased beggar. This is the later image of ¡°TIE GUAI LI¡± (or LI TIE GUAI), a crippled man who wore a filthy robe and carried an iron staff because of his broken leg. LI is his family name, TIE GUAI is the nickname which was given to him. All the other immortals are handsome, young, noble and wise. Still, TIE GUAI LI is the most favorite immortal. This dark stained wood statue is the image of TIE GUAI LI resting on a rock, his right hand holds a double gourd wine container and his left hand holds the staff. Besides some small chips and crack lines, it is in fairly good condition.