Huge Museum Quality Embroidered Kesi Silk Wall Hanging Star Gods Shou Fu Lu 1800 For Sale
Item description :
A museum quality plain weave red
tabby ground beautifully hand embroidered with colored
and gold wrapped silk throughout, decorated with the 3
Fu Lu Shou (simplified
Chinese: 福禄寿; traditional Chinese: 福祿壽; pinyin: Fú Lù
Shòu) is the concept of Good Fortune (Fu), Prosperity
(Lu), and Longevity (Shou). This Taoist concept is
thought to date back to the Ming Dynasty, when the Fu
Star, Lu Star and Shou Star were considered to be
personified deities of these attributes respectively.
The term is commonly used in Chinese culture to denote
the three attributes of a good life. Statues of these
three gods are found in nearly every Chinese home and
many Chinese-owned shops on small altars with a glass of
water, an orange or other auspicious offerings,
especially during Chinese New Year. Traditionally, they
are arranged right to left (so Fu is on the right of the
viewer, Lu in the middle, and Shou on the far left).
The Fu star (福) refers to the planet Jupiter. In
traditional astrology, the planet Jupiter was believed
to be auspicious. Alternately, according to Taoist
legend, the Fu Star is associated with Yang Cheng 阳城, a
governor of Daozhou 道州. Yang Cheng risked his life by
writing a memorial to the emperor to save the people
from suffering. After his death, the people built a
temple to commemorate him, and over time he came to be
considered the personification of good fortune.
He is generally depicted in scholar's dress, holding a
scroll, on which is sometimes written the character
"Fu". He may also be seen holding a child, or surrounded
The Shou star (壽) is α Carinae (Canopus), the star of
the South Pole in Chinese astronomy, and is believed to
control the life spans of mortals. According to legend,
he was carried in his mother's womb for ten years before
being born, and was already an old man when delivered.
He is recognized by his high, domed forehead and the
peach which he carries as a symbol of immortality. The
God of Longevity is usually shown smiling and friendly,
and he may sometimes be carrying a gourd filled with
Elixir of Life.
The Lu star (禄) is ζ Ursa Majoris, or, in traditional
Chinese astronomy, the sixth star in the Wenchang
cluster, and like the Fu star came to be personified.
The Lu star is believed to be Zhang Xian who lived
during the Later Shu dynasty. The word lu specifically
refers to the salary of a government official. As such,
the Lu star is the star of prosperity, rank, and
The Lu star was also worshipped separately from the
other two as the deity dictating one's success in the
Imperial Examinations, and therefore success in the
imperial bureaucracy. The Lu star is usually depicted in
the dress of a mandarin.
Private Collection (
Paris / France )
Date of production :
18th - 19th
( 100 % money back
Guaranty that this item is period dated ! )
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Silk, gold treats and metal
The size is about
110 X 56
inch (280 X 142 cm )
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Damaged, see photos
/ handling time :
Netherlands : 1
Europe : 2 weeks
Outside Europe : 3 - 4 weeks ( sometimes earlier )
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Huge Museum Quality Embroidered Kesi Silk Wall Hanging Star Gods Shou Fu Lu 1800: $631