Figure of the Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning - ROM2006_7193_2


Figure of the Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning

Medium:Cast bronze with gilding
Geography: China
Date: mid 14th-mid 15th Century
Period: Ming Dynasty
21.5 x 12.3 x 8 cm
Object number: 991.62.1
Credit Line: Dr. Herman Herzog Levy Bequest Fund
On view
Gallery Location:Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
DescriptionThe Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning, the highest deity in Daoism, is the first of the Three Purities. (He is depicted on one of Bishop White murals in this gallery). The 17th century woodcut illustration depicts the third Purity, Laozi, author of the Daode jing (The Book of the Way and the Virtue). According to legend, Laozi wrote his book before leaving China riding on his ox, never to be seen again.
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