RARE Chinese Mudman Standing Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920

This is a figure of Lan Tsa Ho, with his/her immortal emblem of a flower basket. I find the story of this immortal fascinating. Lan Tsai-Ho is the mountebank of the Chinese Eight Immortals. She poses as a wandering singer, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity—chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, pine, bamboo, etc. Lan Tsai-Ho is sometimes represented as a woman and sometimes as a young, male child; she may also be presented as a hermaphrodite.

She is often drunk, or pretends to be, and gathers a group of followers while singing and capering through towns. When she has money, she usually throws it on the ground for poor. In the summer she wears thick clothing and a coat, and in the winter she makes her bed in the snow. Truly a foolish woman.

Lan Tsai-Ho dates from the Tang Dynasty (1766–1122 BC). She is said to have obtained immortality by bathing the boils and sores of a beggar, who is believed to have been Li-Tieguai (another of the Eight Immortals) in disguise.

It is believed that one can communicate with the gods by using Lan Tsai-Ho's basket of flowers.

Size: 4 and 1/2 inches tall.

Circa: 1920.

Condition: Very Good. The colors are vibrant. The expected roughness around the base. The overall condition is better than you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.

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: A4901

RARE Chinese Mudman Standing Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920

RARE Chinese Mudman Standing  Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920
RARE Chinese Mudman Standing  Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920
RARE Chinese Mudman Standing  Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920
RARE Chinese Mudman Standing  Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920
RARE Chinese Mudman Standing  Figure Of Pre-Immortal With Flower Basket - Circa 1920

This is a figure of Lan Tsa Ho, with his/her immortal emblem of a flower basket. I find the story of this immortal fascinating. Lan Tsai-Ho is the mountebank of the Chinese Eight Immortals. She poses as a wandering singer, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity—chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, pine, bamboo, etc. Lan Tsai-Ho is sometimes represented as a woman and sometimes as a young, male child; she may also be presented as a hermaphrodite.

She is often drunk, or pretends to be, and gathers a group of followers while singing and capering through towns. When she has money, she usually throws it on the ground for poor. In the summer she wears thick clothing and a coat, and in the winter she makes her bed in the snow. Truly a foolish woman.

Lan Tsai-Ho dates from the Tang Dynasty (1766–1122 BC). She is said to have obtained immortality by bathing the boils and sores of a beggar, who is believed to have been Li-Tieguai (another of the Eight Immortals) in disguise.

It is believed that one can communicate with the gods by using Lan Tsai-Ho's basket of flowers.

Size: 4 and 1/2 inches tall.

Circa: 1920.

Condition: Very Good. The colors are vibrant. The expected roughness around the base. The overall condition is better than you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.

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: A4901

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