Also known as Li Thei-Kuai, or in English, The Beggar Man, this figure is identifiable by the clothes he is wearing, his lame leg, and by the double gourd he carries.
Here he is rendered in a folksy manner standing atop a hollowed out pedestal. One of his companion immortals, known as Lu Dong-Bin is depicted in the last photo and is listed separately. They were found together but for those of you collecting all eight immortals, we are listing these separately to give you an opportunity to buy just one to fill in or complete your collection.
The eight immortals are often depicted in various art media from ceramics to paintings to ancient written works. Together, they are generally thought of us as figures representing longevity and prosperity and are found depicted in works as early as the 12th century.
This figure likely dates from the last decade of the 19th century to around 1910-20. Exact dating is not possible as marked pieces (like this) as well as unmarked ones, have been made for 1000 years or more! Our dating is based on the style, workmanship, as well as the mark on the base.
He is in excellent condition and stands 8 1/4" tall.
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