Object photography

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Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Star king Kuixing, about 1800
  • Wood, paint, gilt, metal foil
  • China
  • H: 34 5/8 in, W: 12 in, D: 14 in (H: 87.9 cm, W: 30.5 cm, D: 35.6 cm)
  • Gift of Commodore James Armstrong, 1863
  • E9639


East India Marine Society Collection


With his fearsome visage, Kuixing the the god believed to bring success in examinations. Scholars would make offerings to this statue, which came to the museum with an aspirant's essay inside. The original donor had the statue gilded, to increase the chances that his requests would be granted. Kuixing is the godly manifestation of the first star in the Big Dipper.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Perfect Imbalance, Exploring Chinese Aesthetics, Peabody Essex Museum; March 11, 2009 through January 31, 2013