China: [19th-20th cent.].
An intriguing woodblock from China depicting three large male figures and one smaller figure in the background, possibly Confucian. The three figures are Fu, Lu, Shou; Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, the three “stars” of a good life. On the right, Longevity holds a peach; in the center is Prosperity, dressed as a high-ranking official and holding a magic wishing wand (ruyi) – he represents high rank and consequent wealth. The figure on the left holding a child is (Good) Fortune, representing the wish for many offspring. With an intricate and delicately carved framing device around the central images. Near fine, a couple of nicks to the carved areas and several small cracks on the sides.
Near fine, a couple of nicks to the carved areas and several small cracks on the sides.
Item ID: 8182