Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 800 x 120 x 100mm (31 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 3 15/16in.)
Overall: 100 x 155 x 120mm (3 15/16 x 6 1/8 x 4 3/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.238
Lan Caihe is one of the Eight Daoist Immortals and patron saint of florists and gardeners. Her emblems are a flower basket, and sometimes a flute or cymbals. A symbol of elusive pleasure, she is said to wander the streets in disguise and to hold the secret to the fountain of youth, which was envied by the other immortals. She represents innocence and happiness. All three characteristics (youth, innocence and happiness) can be seen in this beautiful ivory figure.