Shouxing, Stellar God of Immortality
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); W. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm); H. incl. base 9 7/8 (25.1 cm)
Alfred W. Hoyt Collection, Bequest of Rosina H. Hoppin, 1965
As one of the personified or embodied stars, Shouxing is associated with the South Pole in Chinese astronomy and is believed to control human life span. Longevity, good fortune, and prosperity are considered the three attributes of a good life in traditional Chinese culture.
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