Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920

This shows Li Tieh Kuai as a vain young man before he was transformed into a lame beggar. He is glazed in the Sancai tradition of mustard yellow, cerulean blue and jade green.

He stands 5 inches tall.

He is holding a double gourd (gourd is symbol of prosperity).

Ancient Chinese regarded the gourd to be a symbol of prosperity as it is prolific in fruits and seeds. In some areas, there has been a custom of stealing gourds from the others' fields on the Mid-Autumn Festival, hoping that they could have many children, especially sons. It is also believed to be a charm to ward off evil spirits and disease because in Chinese, its first character hu has a similar pronunciation to fu, which means good fortune.

Circa 1920.

The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners. There is some rubbing on the base but no breaks or cracks. Very Good Condition.

This is part of the fabulous collection of 144 vintage and antique mudmen I have just purchased, that had been lovingly collected over many decades. I purchased all 144 pieces, all in Very Good to Excellent Condition. I will be listing all of them, and of course will consider a reduced price if one were to purchase all or a large number of them. I am listing them at very affordable prices individually as well.

Item ID: A4651

Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920

Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920
Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920
Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920
Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920
Fascinating Chinese Mudman - Li Tieh Kuai With Double Bottled Gourd (Symbol of Prosperity) - Circa 1920

This shows Li Tieh Kuai as a vain young man before he was transformed into a lame beggar. He is glazed in the Sancai tradition of mustard yellow, cerulean blue and jade green.

He stands 5 inches tall.

He is holding a double gourd (gourd is symbol of prosperity).

Ancient Chinese regarded the gourd to be a symbol of prosperity as it is prolific in fruits and seeds. In some areas, there has been a custom of stealing gourds from the others' fields on the Mid-Autumn Festival, hoping that they could have many children, especially sons. It is also believed to be a charm to ward off evil spirits and disease because in Chinese, its first character hu has a similar pronunciation to fu, which means good fortune.

Circa 1920.

The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners. There is some rubbing on the base but no breaks or cracks. Very Good Condition.

This is part of the fabulous collection of 144 vintage and antique mudmen I have just purchased, that had been lovingly collected over many decades. I purchased all 144 pieces, all in Very Good to Excellent Condition. I will be listing all of them, and of course will consider a reduced price if one were to purchase all or a large number of them. I am listing them at very affordable prices individually as well.

Item ID: A4651

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