A large carved bamboo Hehe Erxian Qing dynasty
Lot 8
A large carved bamboo Hehe Erxian group Mid Qing dynasty
HK$ 300,000 - 350,000
US$ 39,000 - 45,000
Lot Details
A large carved bamboo Hehe Erxian group
Mid Qing dynasty
Finely carved depicting the mythical Immortal twins with mouths agape in a smiling expression, their bold heads with long hair draped over their shoulders, with Shide standing with the upper body turned right clasping long stems of lotus sprays ending with a large lotus leaf shielding his head, Hanshan seated beside with left hand holding a round wicker box and right hand holding a sprig of lingzhi.
23cm high.

Footnotes

  • Hehe Erxian, also known as the 'Two Immortals of Harmony and Union', are traditionally believed to be associated with a long, happy marriage. The two Daoist Immortals originated from famous poet-monks of the Tang dynasty (618-906), Hanshan and Shide. In the late Ming dynasty they began to be depicted holding a lotus and a box. The typical iconography of the boys holding a lotus and a box forms the same homophone of he, meaning 'harmony' and 'union' respectively. In 1733, the Yongzheng Emperor decreed that they should be known as saints of harmony and unity.

    清中期 竹雕和合二仙大擺件

    取竹子地下莖,圓雕寒山、捨得二僧。捨得側身站立,雙手持荷枝,頭頂荷葉,寒山倚靠捨得側身曲膝而坐,右手持一靈芝,左手捧一盒,仰面而笑,二僧身著長袍,面部雕刻生動細緻,笑容滿面,憨態可掬。

    和合二仙,亦稱和合二聖,為拾得與寒山兩位名僧之合稱,相傳為掌管和平與喜樂的道家神仙。因寒山常手捧一盒,拾得持一荷,諧「和合」二字音而得名,具有保佑世間同心和睦,友誼長存及情誼綿長之美好寓意。清朝雍正帝曾冊封寒山為「妙覺普渡和聖寒山大士」,簡稱「和聖」,拾得為「妙覺普渡合聖拾得大士」,簡稱「合聖」。
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