A pair of glazed Chinese figurines representing "Lu", one of the Chinese Three Lucky Immortals, who is associated with prosperity and status in the Chinese culture. Lu is traditionally depicted in Mandarin costume, holding a curved decorative object called a “ruyi”, which translates literally to “as you wish”. It is a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. His name, Lu, refers to the salary of a government official, and is is particularly associated with luck in passing examinations which were the traditional passport to prosperity as a government official. The belief of the Three Lucky Immortals is rooted in myths and astrology; the three deities are considered to be the ‘Three Stars’ of Orion’s belt, personified as deities of Fortune. They are the Jupiter (Fu Xing), who represents good luck and happiness, Ursa Majoris (Lu Xing) and Canopus (Shou Xing), who represents health and longevity. Collectively, they are referred to as Fu Lu Shou.
Dimensions: 16.75 x 6 x 4.25 in.
Date: 19th Century