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Subject:Please help identify Asian ceramic figure and mark
Posted By: JayC Fri, Feb 09, 2018 IP: 2601:280:c400:b7e0:d

Hello again!

I found this piece at a very ecelctic Estate sale and though it isn't perfect it really intrigued me. It is very thickly potted and though it looks Chinese I don't know for certain. There is a single mark on the back, but no marks on the bottom. The glaze is very heavily crazed. Any help with its origin, age and incised symbol would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!








Subject:Re: Please help identify Asian ceramic figure and mark
Posted By: Robert Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Looks like a south China "mud man" or in this case mud woman. Try searching Shiwan pottery figurines, Canton stoneware figurines, etc. A few similar lead glazed pottery figurines were also made in Japan, in the Awaji kilns, so you could search that too although your lady looks more south Asian in appearance.

Subject:Re: Please help identify Asian ceramic figure and mark
Posted By: JayC Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Thank you for your quick response, Robert! I have a bunch of late 19th to mid-20th century "Mud" people (Shiwan pottery) and the clays are very different. I actually have pieces made in this country (U.S.) made from clay that is closer in texture than any of my mud men. However, the glazes are very close...particularly the pinks. It may be a Shiwan pottery piece though I'm hoping someone recognizes the incised symbol; perhaps that will clarify the woman's origin!

P.S.: I have included a picture of her with one of my Shiwan pottery pieces...perhaps they can go for a swim together. All joking aside, (maybe), I think you can see that the exposed clays are different. I don't know if that means anything but in the world of ceramics clay is usually an indicator of region.



Subject:Re: Please help identify Asian ceramic figure and mark
Posted By: JayC Sat, Feb 10, 2018

I have included 3 more photos...hope someone recognizes the figure!








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