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 figure rides a fish (carp) and holds a coin. This double symbol brings wealth and happiness to the recipient. He is glazed in the Sancai tradition of Mustard Yellow, Cerulean Blue and Jade Green. What is also special about this particular fellow is his condition, which is Very Good to Excellent. He was made between 1890 and 1919, making him an antique.
The condition of this figure truly adds value. 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: Incised "China"
Condition: Very Good to Excellent.
Circa: 1890 - 1919,
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 Chinese Mudman With Coin Riding On A Fish (Carp) - Double Symbols Are A Wish For Great Wealth And Happiness