Hanging Cash: Two Immortals Zhongh Liquan and Zhang Guolau

Accession Number

Hanging Cash: Two Immortals Zhongh Liquan and Zhang Guolau


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

21 1/4 in x 11 5/8 in (54 cm x 29.5 cm);22 3/8 in x 12 15/16 in (56.8 cm x 32.9 cm);21 1/4 in x 11 5/8 in (54 cm x 29.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. Hanna

Subject matter
The left figure is Zhong Liquan and the right figure is Zhang Guolao. They are two out of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian). Unlike most of the other immortals, these two were real historial figures. Zhong Liquan was a general. He has a magic fan that can help bring the dead back to life, turn stones into gold and silver, and he used these powers to alliviate hunger and poverty. Zhang Guolao was a hermit who lived in the mountains, and he drank and made wine with medicinal powers. The clouds in the background symbolize the celestial realm, since they were created between heaven and earth. 

Physical Description
A figure dressed in a red robe holding a lotus fan is looking at another figure to the right who is dressed in a yellow and purple robe and headdress, holding an instrument. They appear to be floating in the clouds. This image seems to be on top of a red paper cutout. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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magic (occult science)
musical instruments

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