Ivory Set Of The Eight Lmmortals, Chinese
A SET OF THE EIGHT lMMORTALS, CHINESE, 20TH CENTURY
Carved in Polychromed Ivory, each figure depicted standing holding a different attribute, with incised decoration throughout, signed. Formerly the Property of A Palm Beach Lady
Average Height 10in. (25.4cm.) R10862
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian ("immortals; transcendents; saints") in Chinese mythology. Each Immortal's power can be transferred to a power tool that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called the "Covert Eight Immortals". Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture.