Su Wu, courtesy name, Su Ziging, came from Duling and was a high-ranking minister known for his loyalty and sincerity. He was an attendant in his father’s military staff, and was eventually appointed Leader of Court Gentlemen, entrusted with diplomatic missions.
In this extremely large figure, Su Wu is poised with his Blue glazed fan in his hand, which has nice detailing on the simulated bamboo handle. This was considered an instrument of dandyism in Chinese culture. He has cream-colored hair, beautifully and realistically detailed. The deep coloration of his garment is a mottled moss green, with accents of yellow ochre. Under his robe are yellow ochre pants. His face and hands have a cream colored glazed. The final prominent feature is his large straw hat, (douli), meaning one-piece bamboo hat, in a textured, mottled brown. His brown-glazed slippers peep out from under his robe.
Su Wu’s steadfast loyalty to the Han was recounted in numerous songs, poems, and plays throughout Chinese history. In painting, he is most popularly depicted as a lonely shepherd tending his sheep, epitomizing his refusal to work for the enemy.
Condition: Pristine and excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. There are two impressed stamps on the bottom of the figure, which are unidentified, indicating this piece was made prior to 1890. Dimensions: 4-3/4”w x 13-1/2”h (12.0cm x 34.29cm).
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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