seated man at right, with a thin beard and moustache, wearing a black hat, holding a small gourd in his PR hand; small mule in LLC; some sketchy blossoms and light grey wide brushstrokes at top of image

The Immortal Zhang Guolao Releasing His Mule from a Gourd, late 19th century

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Immortals, known as sennin in Japanese after the Chinese word xianjin are Daoist transcendents with distinct magical attributes. In the case of Zhang Guolao (Chōkarō in Japanese), his unique characteristic is his ability to fold his mule, which is able to carry him thousands of miles without rest, into his drinking gourd when not in use. Hashimoto Gahō was an influential figure in art circles during Japan’s modernization and he was renowned for his bold painting style inspired by earlier prototypes.

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Title
The Immortal Zhang Guolao Releasing His Mule from a Gourd
Artist Life
1835 - 1908
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.110
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seated man at right, with a thin beard and moustache, wearing a black hat, holding a small gourd in his PR hand; small mule in LLC; some sketchy blossoms and light grey wide brushstrokes at top of image