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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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