Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Mudman | Luohan with Teabowl | 1890-1919

Shown is a simple image of Luohan, (Follower who was commanded by Buddha to await the coming of Maitreya, the Future Buddha), seated on a wonderfully detailed stump, as he enjoys a cup of tea. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face, with exact representation of his teeth and hands, with crossed, exposed leg, and slippers on his feet. The coloration of his robe is a variegated and textured blue tone with a well-defined teacup. During the Qing dynasty, the shaved forehead and queue, (hairpiece up or down), was symbolic of Manchu authority and its cultural dominance. This strong symbolic meaning, particularly for men, represented virility, which additionally marked social or civil status.

Condition: Excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This unmarked piece was executed earlier in the century, was not made for export. Dimensions: 2-1/2”w x 5-3/4”h (6.09cm x 14.6cm).

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