A pair of carved 'taiji tou' 'Shou Lao and Ma Gu' seals
Mid Qing dynasty
The mottled creamy-beige stone skilfully carved in the form of two tall, rectangular seals acting as pedestals for miniature sculptures of Immortals, the first of Shou Lao, seated backwards on a stag, his head turned to meet the backward-looking stag, holding a rolled scroll in his hands, his hat hanging on his back, a bunch of the peaches tied to his waist-band, the animal set on clouds; the other with Ma Gu, a female immortal, seated side-saddle on a mythical beast, her hat hanging on her back, and holding in her hands a tall covered jar of wine she has specially prepared for the birthday of Xi Wangmu; inscribed on the face of the latter seal with the characters 'ziruo zuo' ('made by Ziruo').
8.5 and 8.4cm high
Chinese Works of Art
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