Shown is a small, beautiful mud figure of a commoner offering a simple container of flowers. The rare figure has layered tones, of well-defined coloring and glaze effects, and which was the biggest achievement of the Shiwan potters. They were skilled in imitating the various ancient monochrome glazes throughout the period. Her robe is a treatment of mixed-colored glazes, simply mottled in white and brown tones, (common people could only wear cloth made of linen.
She is wearing the standard shoes of the period, which peep out of her blue trousers or women’s leggings. Woman’s pants always been an interesting facet of the Chinese culture. Her hair is in the style commoners mostly wore, which is referred to as “fork-shaped” buds. The detail that is quite wonderful is her hands and perfectly detailed fingers.
Condition: Excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This piece has an unidentified ink artist signature, and has the impressed seal, “CHINA” on the bottom indicating it was made between 1890-1919. After that time, the mark changed. Dimensions: 2-0”w x 6-0””h (5.8cm x 15.2cm).
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Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection