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"Xuyu Road with Double Circles and One Gas Image" axis, clear, silk, color, 52.8 cm in length, 45.9 cm in transverse.
The Palace Museum has many paintings of Xu Yu (Prince Yong) disguised as a Taoist priest or associating with Taoist priests. This picture is one of them. The painter of this picture is not known. In the picture, a man in Taoist costume sits close to the trunk and bends his legs. He is talking to Taoist priests.
Xu Yuming's imperial painter painted himself as a Taoist figure to show his state of mind beyond the secular world. It may also contain the hope of seeking the protection of Tao and God and prolonging his life. Xu Yu was the most Taoist emperor among the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. When he was a prince, he became interested in Taoist medicine and stone. He wrote the poem Burning Dan: "Lead sand and medicine, pine and cypress circle the cloud altar." Furnace transport Yinyang fire, both inside and outside Dan. The light is fighting and shining, and the miracle is Weilong Pan. Conscious of fairy fetus fever, Tianfu fall Purple Luan. It can be seen that he has considerable interest in alchemy and research.
According to the records of Qing Palace, he had placed deity Rune boards in the main palaces such as Taihe Palace and Qianqing Palace, built a battle altar in the bedroom and heart-nourishing palace, built houses for Taoists in the imperial garden, ordered Taoist vestments in Suzhou, and successively sent secret Zhu Jian to governors of Hedong, Tian Wenjing and Li Wei of Zhejiang, asking them to recommend good doctors to him: "Be careful to visit and have good doctors inside and outside." People who are born and deeply cultivated in life, or Taoists, or Confucians and secularists who preach Taoism..." Jia Shifang, known as the immortal, Lou Jinyuan, named Miaoying Zhenren, and Taoists such as Zhang Taixu and Wang Dinggan were called into the palace. They built a furnace in Yuanmingyuan to make alcoholic herbs, which won the favor of the emperor. Yongzheng Emperor had taken Dan Yao many times. According to the archives and historical data, many experts speculated that Yongzheng died suddenly in Yuanmingyuan at the age of 58 (1735) and had a direct relationship with taking Dan Yao.