Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Young Scholar with Case of Fortune Sticks | 20th/Century

This is a representation of Chang Guo Lao, with his Case of Fortune Sticks, which he uses to forecast futures. Chinese fortune telling was known as ‘suan ming’, and utilized many varying divination techniques throughout the dynastic periods. The earliest methods utilized feathers and sticks which cam later in the evolution of the game. The Bamboo case held by this young scholar contained a set of 78 numbered sticks, known as ‘kau chime’, or fortune sticks, and was based on one of the oldest methods for solving doubts, and identifying what lies ahead.

He is glazed in a Jade green, with a cream color on the case and sash, with unglazed face and hand. Condition: Good details and color, no chips, repairs or crazing. The piece is impressed with two separate marks, but unidentified. Dimensions: 2-1/4”w x 6-0””h (5.7cm x 15.2cm).

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