Pendant with Daoist divinities


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Both sides of this fruit pit are meticulously carved with images of Daoist immortals, including the fairy Magu with her deer attendant and Shoulao, God of Longevity. The small size and hard surface of fruit stones (usually ganlan, also known as “Chinese olives”) make them extremely difficult to carve, which is why this craft was highly valued. Very few of these objects were created and even fewer survived.

Pendant with Daoist divinities, Fruit stone, China

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