Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Daoist Immortal | Li Tie Guai | Signed Pan Yushu | Early 20th Century

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, (believed to contain medicine powerful enough to revive the dead). 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. He thus became a beggar and sensitive to the needs of the sick and under-privileged. Though all the other immortals are handsome, young, noble, and wise, Li TIE GUAI remains the most favorite of the immortal.

This extremely large piece shows LI TIE GUAI resting on his yellow ochre glazed medicine gourd. He is extremely well defined from the folds in his deep “pomegranate red” glazed robe accented with celadon undertones, to his extremely well-defined black hair, eyebrows, beard, and exposed body, which is glazed in a brown skin color. The element that stands out is his large gourd, which carries the medicine he dispenses to those who are sick, or have been alienated from society.

Condition: Pristine and excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This figure has an incised mark identifying the artist being Pan Yushu, and was made early in the 20th/Century. Dimensions: 8-0”w x 11-1/2”L x 5-0”h (20.32cm x 29.21cm x 12.7cm).

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