This figure depicts an official of the emperor although his egg-yolk yellow robe could indicate that he himself is the emperor. He can be identied as such by the type of clothing and headgear. He wears a queue (long braid). Someone knowledgeable about traditional Chinese dress might be able to identify the rank of this individual by the knobs on top of his hat plus the yellow color of his robe.
He is shown standing atop a low pedestal. His robe is decorated with several embroidered round medallions (badges) depicting dragons chasing the pearl. There is a medallion on the front and one on the back. His shoulders are capped by a short cape or cowl which is also embroidered. He is holding a ruyi scepter in his left hand.
He is in very good condition with the only flaw being a few paint flecks (not chips) on the shaft of the ruyi (easily seen in photo). One photo shows the signatures on the base. Also, one of the last few photos shows this one in a group. The other figures were listed as well and may still be available for sale.
This figure measures 11 3/4" high.
Please note that figures such as this one (although perhaps not with as much detail and fineness) have been made for decades in various sizes and various levels of quality. This one is particularly good and with good age to him. Likely dating from the late 19th or early 20th century.
We recently sold a taller one which may still be available for viewing at item #twt3356. Also, we added a picture of an old black and white photo showing an actual courtsman in his traditional clothing.