Bāxiān (八仙) means "Eight Immortals". They are a group of eight legendary figures of Chinese mythology. Many are loosely based on historical figures of the Tang and Song dynasties. In Chinese art they can often be recognized by an item they carry, sometimes only the items are shown.


The eight Immortals

Lü Dongbin (呂洞賓)
A scholar and poet considered to be the leader of the Eight Immortals.
Often carries a sword.

He Xiangu (何仙姑)
The only female among the eight. Improver of health.
Often holding a lotus flower.

Cao Guojiu (曹國舅)
Related to a Song dynasty emperor before he became an immortal.
Often shown in court robes, holding jade tablets.

Li Tieguai (李鐵拐)
Eccentric holder of medicine to ease the suffering of the unwell.
Identified by his iron crutch and calabash medicine bottle.

Lan Caihe (藍采和)
Sometimes depicted as female. Patron saint of florists and gardeners.
Identified by a basket of flowers.

Han Xiangzi (韓湘子)
Patron saint of musicians. His flute brings harmony.
Depicted with a flute.

Zhang Guolao (張果老)
Alchemist, qìgōng master and winemaker, the most eccentric of the eight.
Depicted with a "fish drum" and castanets.

Quan Zhongli (權鍾離)
Can resurrect the dead and turn stones into silver or gold.
Often depicted holding a peach and a fan.


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A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.


DescriptionA Mongolian trousse with horn hilted


Typical Chinese hook sword, with seldom-seen fine silver wire overlay.

Price on request

With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.


Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.


With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.