Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Large Yoke Bearer with Peach and Coin | 1919

This is a vintage mud man representing a commoner bearing a yoke, and carrying a yellow ochre peach with flower, and a green and yellow coin or medallion. The figurine features traditional glaze colors in blue, yellow, green, and accented with brown and black. The details of the entire figure are finely rendered. His chest, head, and is hands are unglazed, with the exception of his white hair and beard.

The peach symbolizes immortality (longevity). Peach in Chinese is tao. It has special significance in Chinese culture: The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life, and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. The coin is a potent symbol of wealth and prosperity; being one of the Eight Treasures (babao). Ancient Chinese coins are round with a square hole in the middle, which reflects the Chinese view of the earth as square and the heavens as a circle. A coin, (qian), can be a visual pun for, “before your eyes”, because the hole in the center is called an eye.

Condition: excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. An impressed stamp of “CHINA” on the bottom, indicates this piece was made between 1890-1919, after which time the mark changed. Dimensions: 6-0”w x 7-1/2”h (19.3cm x 19.5cm).

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