Eight Daoist Immortals Welcoming Jurōjin
In this diptych, some of the deeply revered Eight Daoist Immortals of ancient China and Japan look skyward to watch the god of longevity, Jurōjin (Chinese: Shaolaoren), descend from above on a crane, a symbol of long life. Some of the immortals, equally divided on the two scrolls, are easily identifiable. On the left scroll are Rodōhin (Lu Dongbin), carrying a sword on his back; Kasenko (He Xiangu), the sole female member of the group, holding a magic mushroom; and Chōkarō (Zhang Guolao), who turns his back and releases a miniature mule from a bag. On the right scroll are Ransaiwa (Lan Caihe) with clappers and Ri Tekkai (Li Tieguai), who creates a miniature image of himself by blowing into the air. The basket of flowers is an attribute of Kanshōshi (Han Xiangzi), who had the power to make flowers grow and bloom instantly. However, his second attribute, the flute, is appropriated by a figure on the left scroll. The exaggerated foreignness of some of the faces, verging on the grotesque, and the nervous, wavering outlines of the robes highlighted in white suggest that the unidentified painter may have been copying from a Chinese work.
Zhou Zen (Japanese,)
Edo period (1615–1868)