This is a representation of Li Bai, also known as Li Po, who was a Tang Dynasty poet, acclaimed in his own day to the present as a genius, and a romantic figure; celebrated and depicted across generations. His early poetry took place in the context of a “golden age” of internal peace and prosperity in the Chinese empire, under the reign of an emperor who actively promoted and participated in the arts.
Li Bai sits reading a book of poems. His robe, along with his unusual official headdress and hair treatment, is an indication of his stature. The mottled turquoise glaze on his robe demonstrates the beauty that is an inherent part of Shiwan ware. This figurine has a glazeless expressive face and hands. His hair and headdress are standard for his rank and period. And finally, the bench on which he is sitting is wonderfully detailed with elements representing grasses and flowers. Condition: Excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This piece is unmarked, indicating the piece was made early in the period, (1890-1900). Dimensions: 2-3/4”w x 4-1/4”h (6.9cm x 10.7cm).
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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