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Shouxing, Stellar God of Immortality

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); W. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm); H. incl. base 9 7/8 (25.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred W. Hoyt Collection, Bequest of Rosina H. Hoppin, 1965
Accession Number:
65.86.135a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
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.
Alfred W. Hoyt , New York (until d. 1911); Rosina H. Hoppin , New York (until d. 1965; bequeathed to MMA)
The Oriental Ceramic Society of London and The British Museum. "Chinese Ivories," May 23, 1984–August 19, 1984.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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