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671. Hehe Erxian 和合二仙

Qing Dynasty, 17th/18th century
Height: 12,6 cm Length: 13,4 cm

中國清代,十八世紀
高:12,6厘米;長:13,4厘米


Provenance: - Collection Sengers, The Netherlands 2017
- with Gerard Hawthorn London 2003

來源:
荷蘭森格斯收藏
英國倫敦霍桑收藏(2003年)

A carved bamboo group of the jovial twins Hehe Erxian. A barefoot figure is seated relaxing against a round box; holding a ruyi sceptre in the crook of his arm and a peach in his other hand. His companion stands next to him holding a lotus flower over his head. Their bald crowns are encircled by long hair falling over their shoulders. The loose robes, fall open to reveal their chests. The carver has made exceptional use of the material, using the natural spotted markings to depict traces of hair on their bald heads.

Hehe Erxian , the Immortals of Harmony and Unity, are believed to preside over happy marriages and bring good fortune. These figures were based on the Tang dynasty poet-monks - Hanshan and Shide; their appearance gradually transforming into that of mirthful twin boys. They hold a box (he) and a lotus stem (he), forming the rebus for harmony (he) and unity (he). When shown with a ruyi, they represent the blessing “May you have a harmonious marriage and your wishes come true”.

Another bamboo carving of a Hehe Erxian , is in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing.

這組竹雕和合二仙像:一個赤足坐靠在圓盒旁,一手執如意,一手托仙桃;他的同伴站在他旁邊,一朵蓮花舉過頭頂。他們禿頂,後腦勺卻長發及肩。寬鬆的長袍露出胸膛。雕刻師巧用竹子天然紋理,利用竹斑描繪髮絲。

和合二仙主管婚姻幸福,給人帶來好運。這兩位仙人的原型是唐代僧侶寒山和拾得,其形象逐漸演變成歡樂的雙胞胎童子。他們拿著盒子(和)和荷花(合),形成諧音,如意則表示對美好婚姻的祈願祝福。

北京故宮博物院收藏有一件和合二仙竹雕

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