One of the pleasures of collecting mudmen is learning the fascinating stories from their folklore. This fellow, “Chang Kuo Lao: The Immortal Hermit “ is the favored symbol of elderly men. He holds his castanets, which are not the castanets the modern world knows. These are a bamboo tube and iron sticks with which he beats his "music." The legend goes on to other interesting myths.
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 is part of the appeal.
This particular figurine is glazed in the Sancai tradition of Mustard Yellow, Cerulean Blue and Jade Green, with a black hat and black rock. He sits on an unglazed rock, which gives it a realistic"feel."
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. The details and the condition of this piece are much better than one usually finds.
Country of Origin: China.
Title: Chang Kuo Lao.
Size: 4 1/2 inches tall
Marks: Incised "ANIHC." (The word “CHINA“ is often misspelled or spelled backwards “ANIHC “)
Condition: Very Good. Much less than expected roughness around the base.
Circa: 1890 - 1919.
This is from my most recent purchase of a very special mudman collection. This collection has many rare and extremely rare pieces in exceptional condition. From the estate of Patricia Hardin.
When buying more than one item, we combine shipping. We also try to further discount orders for multiple items.
Antique Uncommon Chinese Mudman Royal "Immortal Hermit" Tsao Kuo Ch'iu, Favored Symbol For Older Men, With His Emblem Castanets