Condition: Excellent

Chinese Rare Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Bearded Li Tie Guai with Gourd | 1912

This piece represents a legendary Chinese mythological character who is a member of the eight immortals. He is benevolent to the poor, sick, and needy, whose suffering he eliminated with special medicine from his gourd. According to legend, one day he told his follower that his spirit was going to travel far away, and to watch his body for seven days while he was gone. It was a big shock when the tired spirit returned home from his trip to find no place to go because his body had been cremate. He thus became a beggar. Though all the other immortals are handsome, young, noble, and wise, Li TIE GUAI remains the most favored of the immortal.

This figure of Li Tie Guin depicts him leaning on a walking stick and carrying his medicine gourd. Both are in brown glaze. His robe is beautifully mottled in a blue feather glaze, with a white collar and trousers. The details of his unglazed face are exceptional, with white eyes, black facial hair, and a narrow head scarf, (hijab), tied over his bald forehead. And finally, he is wearing textured footware.

Condition: Pristine and excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing.  This figure has no markings, and was probably made at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1912). Dimensions: 3-1/4”w x 9-1/4”h (8.2cm x 23.12cm).

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