Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Louhan Reading a Book | 20th/Century
Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a wonderfully detailed stump, as he enjoys reading a book of poetry. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face and overall figure, with exact representation of his hands, and his one leg propped on the stump on which he is sitting. His trousers, in a light grey glaze shows just above the simple slippers on his feet.
The coloration of his robe illustrates a wonderfully variegated green glaze with, unglazed earth tones on his face, hands and exposed legs. His head is covered matching his robe in which his face shows a contemplative individual enjoying a good read.
Condition: Excellent/Perfect: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. The piece has the impressed seal, “CHINA” on the bottom indicating the piece was made between 1890-1919. After that time, the mark changed. Dimensions: 2-1/4”w x 5-1/2””h (5.87cm x 13.97cm).
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