Shou Lao is the Chinese deity of longevity and is also called Shou Xing, Shou Hsing, and Nan Ji Xian Weng. Legend holds that Shou Lao began as a star in the southern constellation Argo, and he is sometime referred to as the Old Man of the South Pole. He is easily recognizable by his over sized forehead, representing wisdom, and his extra long beard, which is meant to literally demonstrate a long life. Shou Lao is always depicted holding a long staff and a peach, both symbols of longevity.
Carved fom tropical hardwood, probably 19th. century, the eyes of Shou Lao and the eyes from the crane are made in glass which is typical for the 19th. century.
H : 41 cm.
Provenance : Old German collection.