Most often the Chinese Immortals are represented together in art, and they are understood to be mildly amusing and relatively harmless beings, who spend their time entertaining themselves. As immortals, they collectively represent long life. The people in the stories associated with the Immortals are considered by some analysts to represent the whole of humanity, all potentially suitable for Daoist pursuits, (the religion for which they represent): some are rich and some poor, some old and some young, some in official positions, and some simple peasants. Only one is female, but even mere tokenism at least suggests that Daoism does not entirely exclude women as practitioners.
Shown are the Eight Immortals, all Shiwan figurines, glazed in white and carrying some element that exemplifies their specialization. All of their faces and hands are left unglazed and natural to the clay used in their creation. Condition: excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. Dimensions: Set varies in size and range in the area of 2-1/4”h to 2-3/4”h (5.7cm to 6.9cm).
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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