This replica mud man has no chips or cracks on it, it stands 24cm high.
Mudmen date back as far as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) when they were used to create a sense of realism in Bonsai landscapes, but most of the mudmen in the US date from the late 1800’s to the present. Older ones (pre 1950’s) were made by villagers after the rice harvest was done, and show varying degrees of skill. They were made primarily in Shekwan, in South China, and usually depict old, scholarly or wise men, usually holding something in their hand to show status or occupation. Many are shown fishing or holding fish, as fish are a symbol of plenty.