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Yuan Dynasty Limestone K'uei Hsing 
Yuan Dynasty; ca 1314
polychromed oolitic limestone
29" (73.6 cm) 

K'uei Hsing

An important and early polychromed oolithic limestone representation of the Taoist deity, K'uei Hsing. K'uei Hsing was deified in the Yuan dynasty , ca.1314, and represents the God of Literature, and the God of the North Star. He is represented holding a brush pen in one hand and the other cloth cap, such as was worn by a scholar. He stands upon a carp dragon which is synonymous for the transformation brought about by the literary success of the industrious student.

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