This impressive ivory comb features the eight Chinese Gods from the Dao Temple, home of Taoism. The artist portrayed the immortals crossing the sea. Respectively, they represent incarnations of the Chinese people: male, female, old, young, rich, noble, poor, and humble. Zhang Guolao’s drum can augur life. Lu Dongbin’s sword can subdue evil. Han Xingzi’s flute can cause growth. He Xiangu’s Water Lily can cultivate people through meditation. Tie Guaili’s gourd can help the needy and relieve…

This impressive ivory comb features the eight Chinese Gods from the Dao Temple, home of Taoism. The artist portrayed the immortals crossing the sea. Respectively, they represent incarnations of the Chinese people: male, female, old, young, rich, noble, poor, and humble. Zhang Guolao’s drum can augur life. Lu Dongbin’s sword can subdue evil. Han Xingzi’s flute can cause growth. He Xiangu’s Water Lily can cultivate people through meditation. Tie Guaili’s gourd can help the needy and relieve…

Warminster Jewel, Anglo-saxon, 7th century AD. Gold frame, rock crystal and blue glass cabochon. Found in a field near Cley Hill, Warminster in 1997. © Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

Warminster Jewel, Anglo-saxon, 7th century AD. Gold frame, rock crystal and blue glass cabochon. Found in a field near Cley Hill, Warminster in 1997. © Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

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