The Star Prince: Source of Granting Long Life

Accession Number

The Star Prince: Source of Granting Long Life


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

19 3/16 in x 16 5/16 in (48.8 cm x 41.4 cm);19 13/16 in x 16 5/8 in (50.4 cm x 42.2 cm);19 3/16 in x 16 5/16 in (48.8 cm x 41.4 cm)

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

Subject matter
The center figure is Shou Xing, a star god. Shou Xing is the star god of longevity, and also known as "The Old Deity of the South Pole." It is said that his mother saw the star of the South Pole when he was conceived. He is holding a stick of peach wood, as peaches are also symbols of longevity in Chinese culture. The two figures on each of his side may be the other two star gods, Fu Xing (God of Good Fortune and Happiness) and Lu Xing (God of Prosperity). The remaining eight figures stand facing inwards towards Shou Xing, showing that they respect him. 

Physical Description
A center figure with a large forehead is dressed in a robe covered in the Chinese character "longevity." Two figures accompany him on each side, and eight additional figures are below them, four on each side. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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gods (dieties)
old age
stars (extraterrestrial bodies)

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