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Cai Shen, God of Wealth

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: 16th or 17th century
Medium: soapstone, lacquer and gilding
Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (17.1 x 12.4 x 7 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Julia-Shaine Shepps
Object number: 91.0300
DescriptionNothing is known of this mythic figure. He is said to have lived on earth as a hermit and to have the power to ride on a black tiger. He purportedly fought for King Wu, founder of the Zhou Dynasty, against the last ruler of the Shang, Zhou Xin. He was killed by sorcery and later immortalized as the god of riches.
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