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Fu Lu Shou

Representing the top three desires of men, these gentlemen (L to R) are the lords of Prosperity, Longevity and Happiness. Fu is usually depicted with a baby or sacred textbooks in his hands (signifying happiness or wisdom). Lu is, understandably, depicted wearing expensive, lavish robes. Shou is often seen as an old, bald (his head is an unusual dome shape) man with the longevity peach and a wooden staff.

 

I did not take a full frontal shot since there was nothing much in the rear (the statues were all well above me) and the sky would have been burned out. I suppose the angle that I have shown here is better in that sense there is not much clipping, but some points of interest have been left out.

Fu Lu Shou

Representing the top three desires of men, these gentlemen (L to R) are the lords of Prosperity, Longevity and Happiness. Fu is usually depicted with a baby or sacred textbooks in his hands (signifying happiness or wisdom). Lu is, understandably, depicted wearing expensive, lavish robes. Shou is often seen as an old, bald (his head is an unusual dome shape) man with the longevity peach and a wooden staff.

 

I did not take a full frontal shot since there was nothing much in the rear (the statues were all well above me) and the sky would have been burned out. I suppose the angle that I have shown here is better in that sense there is not much clipping, but some points of interest have been left out.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Sep 2014, 00:25
A masterclass for me here, Ayush...your anecdote hints at all sorts of stuff that goes on in your head as you are preparing to hit the shutter...at such times I am thinking about keeping my fingers away from the front of the lens whilst finding the shutter button...

[grin]
Ayush Basu: A lot of garbage has been carefully filtered out Ray tongue Thank you for the chuckle!
It seems you did really well, especially given your restrictions - perhaps their profiles are more interesting anyway!
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much for your kind comment, Elizabeth. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 15 Sep 2014, 04:53
beautiful shot, and thanks for the story, maybe when you get really old and wise your brain gets big smile
Ayush Basu: Big sounds good but the question is big, full of what tongue Thank you Elaine for the amusing comment. smile
Nicely shot. I like that tiger snake.
Ayush Basu: I find that striking as well and have not been able to find out anything about its origins, Michael. TThank you.
I actually quite like this side view, Ayush, and don't believe any points of interest have been left out.
Ayush Basu: You are very generous with your comment Ginnie, thank you.
  • Chris
  • United States
  • 15 Sep 2014, 07:16
These are three Lords I am happy to embrace Ayush
Ayush Basu: Same here Chris, you and I have something in common then.
Of the three happiness is the most important as the other two are nothing without it
Ayush Basu: Very correct observation, Bill. Agree with you completely.
Looks like a couple of brothers and their grand-dad!
Ayush Basu: The suggestion is there certainly, Tom. Thank you for the visit.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 15 Sep 2014, 10:21
Like the Mekon from my Dan Dare comics of youth.
Ayush Basu: I had to look him up, Chad, the only UK character I have been ever familiar with is Billy Bunter.
The third figure has hydrocephalus and may have a diminished mental capacity that keep him happy.
Ayush Basu: THat is certainly a unique viewpoint MAry grin
We know we also call Marina Bay Sands "Fu Lu Shou"!! smile
Ayush Basu: That was news to me!
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Sep 2014, 14:19
Interesting shot and info Ayush
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much John.
Very nice capture Ayush! Thank you for your explanations.
Ayush Basu: Thank you Richard, for your comment and taking the time.
A really good photo Ayush, I'm so much enjoying learning about the contents of this series you are showing us.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased to hear that Brian, and to be honest, putting these posts and thinking of the text, etc makes me think as well, of the larger context of them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Sep 2014, 14:48
The fourth desire of men should have been a girl?
Ayush Basu: Uhm, that is probably covered in some other section of this delightful villa, Louis grin
this is a wonderful shot of the three desires of men Ayush... i'm going for the Shou desire i want to be around for a while longer grin ....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you Peter and yes, good choice smile
I think your decision to shoot from this angle was a good one, Ayush. Your accompanying commentary is very informative.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2014, 13:14
This series is fascinating. I'd love to visit.

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