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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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