Daoist immortal Laozi

Chen Yanqing Chinese

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Identified by his full beard, Laozi (also known as the Celestial Worthy of the Way and Its Virtue) is the quasi-historical author of the seminal Daoist text, the Daodejing (The Way and Its Power). Daoism, a major religion in China that can be traced to the sixth century B.C., is a term used to define an amalgamation of beliefs and practices that includes metaphysical and philosophical speculations as well as guidance for everyday life.

Daoist immortal Laozi, Chen Yanqing (active 15th century), Gilt brass; lost-wax cast, China

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