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 is the Bodhidharma. the founder of Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is glazed in red. This is an important offering; an extremely rare and desired figure.
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 1/2 inches tall.
Marks: None found.
Condition: Very Good. There is one chip at the base that appears to be from the manufacture. Less than 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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EXTREMELY RARE, IMPORTANT - Chinese Mudman Founder of Zen Buddhism