Wang Xizhi served as a general and an imperial officer in the Jin Dynasty, and a famous calligrapher of the Eastern Jin Dynasty. He is still honored as ‘the’ calligraphy sage, generations later. Hence we see his representation in many forms. Experts have described his calligraphy as “the dragon jumping over the heavenly gate and the Tiger lying in the watchtower of the phoenix.” He was traditionally referred to as the ‘Sage of Calligraphy’.
This figure of Wang Xizhi is finished in a deep pomegranate red glaze. In the Qing period this color may have had further symbolism that could have hearkened back to the earlier period of bravery and loyalty to the ruling empire. Here we see him standing holding the “peach of immortality”, having an expressive face and traditional beard for which he is known. In this particular example his shaved forehead had a symbolic meaning, particularly for men, as it represented virility, which additionally marked social or civil status.
Condition: Excellent/Perfect: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This figure has a “MADE IN CHINA” incised seal on the bottom, dating it from around 1980-1919. Dimensions: 2-3/4”w x 7-0””h (6.9cm x 17.78cm).
Please refer to our Discovery section for historical information on Shiwan Ceramics | Mud Figures, and our Book section, for out- of-print books for sale on the subject.
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