This chinese figurine is about 13 l/2 inches tall.The figurine is holding a bowl which appears to hold lotus or some other flowers.
I believe this figurine represents Lan Ts'ai-ho ,LAN Cai He. Known as the strolling singer, either a woman or a young boy, shown with a flower-basket; patron deity of florist. Lan ts'ai-ho is often represented either as a woman or man as his sexuality is uncertain. Some internet site on the 8 immortals state that he was a transvestite. A man who was not comfortable wearing men clothing. If you have any further information please email me.
Lan Chai He - His direction is Northwest and his element is metal. He is the youngest of the Eight Immortals. His symbol is a magical basket of flowers, which consists of 108 flowers, plants, and branches from trees associated with longevity, such as the chrysanthemum, peach blossom, pine and bamboo. He is a symbol of wisdom, strength and prudence, and is also a friend of the crane. Having him in your home help brings joyousness and attracts beautiful people into your life.
He is known as the Seventh Immortal Lan T'sai Ho,Lan T'sai Ho, often shown wearing blue robe and carrying a basket of flowers. This immortal brings luck to young women.
This figurine is signed with an impressed China mark and also the name of the company.
The name of the company is hard to read because there appears to be a stain on the lower right side of the mark. However, the mark appears to be the same mark on item T231.
On top of the head is a blank white spot and I see another tiny white spot to one of the hair decoration. I don't know if there was something on top of the head as I am not familiar with chinese figurines and their meanings. However, pictures I have seen does not show anything on top of the head. Maybe because of the sexuality issue a bald spot is shown to indicate a man????
Otherwise, I see no chips, cracks or repairs.
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