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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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