Large, Vintage Figurine of "Iron Crutch Li," Tieguai, Li, one of the most popular of the Mythical Chinese "Immortal 8" figures in the Taost pantheon. As is visible in this circa 1940's-1950's figurine, Iron Crutch Li is often portrayed with a bearded, dirty face and long hair, which is held from his face by a golden band/hat. He is said to walk with the aid of an iron crutch, with his round, gourd slung over his shoulder. This gourd is reputed to be Li's "power tool" that held his gift/"immortal power" of bestowing life, helping the needy, and destroying evil. This Figurine (Mud Man) is glazed with the primary, typical vibrant, cobalt blue robe and 22K gold accents along the folds. The Golden Band, securing Li's hair is also highlighted in an iridescent golden tone, accented with gold and black trims. We love Li's creamy, gold-toned gourd slung over his back, like a backpack. He also appears to be "floating upon a cloud," as is typical of the larger pieces. This piece is in excellent shape, and it is marked with an impressed Chinese mark on the base. Measures 7 1/2" Tall x 4" Wide (at base). A very special, authentic piece!
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