Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Louhan with Lotus Flower | 20th/Century

Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a stump, as he holds a lotus flower in his right arm. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face, (he is sticking out his tongue at those passing by), and overall figure. He trousers, in a light grey glaze shows just above the simple slippers on his feet. The coloration of his robe illustrates a beautiful variegated green glaze, contrasting with unglazed earth tones on his face, hands and exposed legs.

During the Qing dynasty, the shaved forehead and queue, (hairpiece up or down), was symbolic of Manchu autocratic authority and its cultural dominance. This strong symbolic meaning, particularly for men, represented virility, which additionally marked social or civil status.

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: 2-3/4”w x 6-0””h (6.9cm x 15.24cm).

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