Decorative, hand painted, old Chinese tile, entitled 刘海戏金蟾 Liu Hai xi Jin Chan (Liu Hai playing with the Golden Toad).
Artist signed: 王琦写与珠 Wang Qi xie yu Zhu-shan (painted by Wan Qi at mount Zhu) .
Size: 26 x 36 cm (c. 10 x 14 inches), good condition, minor scratches at lower left corner.
Not framed. Very attractive, standing out.
Liu Haichan 劉海蟾, Liu Hai, or Haichanzi 海蟾子 "Master Sea-Toad" is a (c. 10th century) Daoist xian "transcendent; immortal" who is a patriarch of the Quanzhen School, and a master of neidan "internal alchemy" techniques.
Liu Haichan is associated with other Daoist transcendents, especially Zhongli Quan and Lü Dongbin, two of the Eight Immortals. Traditional Chinese and Japanese art frequently represented Liu with a string of square-holed cash coins and a mythical three-legged chánchú 蟾蜍 "toad; toad in the moon".
In the present day, it is called the jīnchán 金蟾 "Money Toad", and Liu Haichan is considered an embodiment of Caishen "God of Wealth".
Old Chinese Tile with Liu Hai and Golden Toad