paper and fabric depiction of Chung-Li Ch'uan

Chung-Li Ch’uan

revives the souls of the dead with a wave of his fan. He tested the fidelity of his beautiful young wife by feigning death with powerful spells and assuming the shape of a handsome young man. Then he won the love of his “widow,” and asked for his own brain to use in a powerful potion. When she opened to coffin to comply, her “late” husband came to life while her lover disappeared into thin air. She hung herself in shame. He is depicted in old prints as a fat man holding the fan with which he revived the souls of the dead