We think this figure depicts an official of the emperor. This is due mainly to the type of clothing and his headgear. He wears a queue (long braid). Someone knowledgeable about traditional Chinese dress might be able to identify the rank of this individual just by the type of hat he is wearing.
He is shown standing atop a low pedestal. His deep red robe is decorated with several embroidered round medallions (badge) of dragons. There is also a medallion on the back of the robe. He is holding a what appears to be a branch of coral in his left hand.
This figure measures is 14" high.
Please note that these figures or similar ones have been made for decades in various sizes and various levels of quality. This one does not have the fineness of detail that earlier ones usually have (for example, you cannot see the braiding in the queue, there is no definition of the fingers at all, his face appears more modern and smoother which is indicative of newer manufacturing processes and there are no signatures on the base. In fact there was a felt pad completely covering the base which I partially removed to see what it looked like underneath. I believe this figure to be made within the post 1950s era.
Note the last black and white photo which shows a turn of the century (1900) image of a Qing dynasty court figure wearing a hat similar to the one worn on this figure. Also, you can see the a robe worn over a skirt.
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