The arrangement of Guanyin, Long Nu and Shan Cai was developed from the tale of Long Nu and the Dragon King. According to legend, one of the sons of the Dragon King was caught by a fisherman while in the form of a fish. Guanyin immediately dispatched her attendant Shan Cai to rescue the son and return him to the sea. As a reward, the Dragon King sent Long Nu to present Guanyin with the Pearl of Light. However, Long Nu was so strongly impressed by Guanyin that she asked to become her disciple, and was accepted providing that she become the keeper of the Pearl, which the present figure is shown holding.