Shown is a character representing ‘long life’. According to Chinese folklore, longevity is described as wise, knowledgeable and capable of ruling the world. Here the God of Longevity has a long white beard and an enormous high bald head. The story is that because of his bald head, Shou Xing was embarrassed to go out in public, and therefore often went to the hills and meditated. Eventually he decided to ravel deep into the hills, where no one else had dared to travel. He had a calling, and this did not return for 1000 years and nine generation later.
The focus on this piece is in his unglazed arms and hands where he holds a turquoise glazed peach of Immortality. His shaved, elongated head is unglazed and he has a textured beard. On the back of his head is his queue prominently shown glazed, and in contrast to his beard and lower hairline. His robe is a combination of cream and brown. His face is wonderfully expressive and welcoming.
Condition: Excellent/Perfect: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This figure has a no incised markings, and presumed to be made early in the 1890s. Dimensions: 3-0”w x 6-1/2””h (7.6cm x 16.51cm).
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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