Renaissance Pewter

Pewter Figurine (Hock Lok Siew on Wooden Base) - PF9319B_3

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Renaissance Pewter

Pewter Figurine (Hock Lok Siew on Wooden Base) - PF9319B_3

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  • Description
Pewter is an alloy consisting of mostly tin and it is the fourth most precious metal. It also has very small amounts of antimony and copper which is added mainly for strength and/or colour. 

The display of the Fu Lu Shou (Hock Lok Siew) trinity is common throughout East Asia, in residential as well as commercial settings. More talismans or mascots than gods to be venerated, their jovial countenances add to the light-hearted feel. Usually depicted in more human-like proportions, the comically pot-bellied appearance of Xu Xiao Yong’s trio incorporates the concept of ‘roundness’ significant to Chinese culture, representing as it does the notions of completeness, fulfilment and unity. 

A STORY WITHIN THE DETAILS

Daoist deities, Fu Lu Shou (Hock Lok Siew) visually embody their attributes quite literally. Scholarly Fu bears a scroll signifying good fortune, whilst Lu, in a mandarin’s robes, grasps a ruyi indicative of bureaucratic power. Shou’s bulbous bald head, luxuriant beard and gnarled staff already indicate old age, but he also carries a peach, symbolic of immortality.

Fu Lu Shou 福禄寿, or the Sanxing (三星 Three Stars), are gods of the three celestial bodies Jupiter, Mizar and Canopus, and the three characteristics of good fortune (Fu), status (Lu) and longevity (Shou) in Chinese folk beliefs. The term ‘fu lu shou’, and the display of the three figures, is common in Chinese society to indicate and attract these three attributes of a desirable life.

Measurement : 11cm (H)