Ivory carving of Taoist Immortal, Zhongli Quan, holding a fan on which 4 characters are inscribed. The 4 characters are a proverb loosely translated as "pure breeze blows gently." On wood base. Zhongli Quan is thought to have lived sometime during the Zhou Dynasty (1027-249 B.C.). He knew the secrets of the elixirs of immortality and had powder used in transmutation. He carried a fan used for reviving the dead.