Condition: Excellent

Chinese Rare Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Li Tie Guai with Gourd | Qing Dynasty

This figure 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 cremated. Thus he became a beggar. Thought all the other immortals are handsome, young, noble, and wise, Li TIE GUAI remains the most favored of the immortals.

This version of Li tie Guin shows him walking, while carrying his medicine gourd in a raised arm. It is finished in a 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, detailed ears, and he exhibits a shaved forehead and queue, (hairpiece up in a bud). His face, hand, and legs are unglazed, and he is wearing traditional unornamented slippers.

Condition: Pristine and excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This figure has no markings and 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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