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Asian Art
Artist: Ning Zhai, Chinese, active late 15th–early 16th century

Daoist Immortal Han Xiangzi with an Attendant

late 15th–early 16th century

Hanging scrolI, ink and color on silk

without mounting: 63 1/4 × 38 1/8 in. (160.7 × 96.8 cm) with mounting: 106 1/2 × 46 9/16 in. (270.5 × 118.3 cm) with rollers: 50 3/4 in. (128.9 cm)
Gift of David M. Levitt, B.A. 1938
1955.47.2
The flute identifies this figure as Han Xiangzi, one of a group of eight quasi-historical “immortals” who became popular in twelfth-century China as the Daoist religious tradition consolidated and expanded. He is accompanied by a young attendant who holds a type of fungi known as a lingzhi, which was thought to have hallucinogenic powers and provide immortality. The feather cape worn by the attendant is a standard visual allusion to the otherworldliness of the immortals and their retinues.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Classification: 
Paintings
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