Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Mud figure | Commoner with Offering | 1890-1919
Shown is a very rare, beautiful figure of a commoner, (such pieces of were produced to be used as a tool to spread the message of multi-class unity, and support between individuals of varying ranks). The young lady, with elegant, long fingers, is offering a container of fruit in a traditional serving piece.
This rare figure has layered tones, with well-defined coloring and glaze effects, which is the biggest achievement of the Shiwan potters. They were skilled in the various, ancient monochrome glazes, and simple robe, (common people could only wear cloth made of linen, colored with white, buff or pale yellow), is simple in design with rolled- up sleeves. She is wearing plain, typical shoes of the period with trousers/leggings peeping out of her robe, which has always been an interesting facet of the many aspects of Chinese culture. Finally, her hair is in the style commoners mostly wore, which was referred to as “fork-shaped” buds.
Condition: Excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. There is a small kiln mark on the back of her robe that does not distract from the piece. The piece has an impressed seal, “CHINA” on the bottom and indicates it was made between 1890-1919, after which time the mark changed. Dimensions: 2-1/2”w x 6-0”h (6.35cm x 15.2cm).
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