Nowadays collecting mudmen has become increasingly popular. While most collectors are starting their collections with more common figures, some have progressed to a more serious level. Whatever your collecting preferences, learning about the meanings and desirable features.
This particular figurine is a woman, which in itself makes it less common, since only about 20 percent of mudmen are female. She is the only female Immortal. Her name is Hosien Ku and her emblem is the lotus flower. She has a lotus flower at the juncture of her robe. This lady is glazed in the Sancai tradition of Mustard Yellow, Jade Green and Cerulean Blue. She is accented with a creamy white (the whisk), and black (her hair). Her robe is turquoise. Brown is also used for her rock seat and the front of the brushwasher. The rock seat is unglazed, giving the surface a realistic surface. She is holding a fly whisk, which is unusual for her.
Chinese girls and women especially love this sweet Immortal. (Not to be confused with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, who is also revered by Chinese women.).
The next thing to value is the condition of the figure. Are the colors still vibrant? Is there damage? Almost all mudmen will have some roughness around the base which is acceptable. However try to avoid broken or restored pieces, unless it is a truly rare piece.
Size: 4 3/4 inches tall,
Marks: "Made In China" incised on base..
Condition: Very Good. The expected roughness around the base.
Circa: 1920 - 1940.
This is from my most recent purchase of a mudman collection. This collection has many rare and extremely rare pieces in exceptional condition.
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RARE Female Immortal Hosien Ku - Chinese Mudman Brushwasher