The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and LongevityThe Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity
Chinese (active 1500–1525)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
62 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (158.7 x 95.2 cm)
This bold and lively painting by the eccentric artist Wang Zhao depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals. In popular legend each deity is derived from a historical person, and although grouped as a trio here, each is worshiped separately.