This contemporary Shiwan figure was made by Mr.Lin Wei-Dong. Mr. Lin is a well-known Shiwan potter. His signature appears on the bottom along with the notice that he produced this piece at Tao Lin Studio. There is a stamped seal on the straw mat close to the foot. The statue is a famous Chinese legendary figure called Ji Gong. As the story goes, Ji Gong was a real person. A Buddhist of the Southern Song, his dates are 1148~1209. His original name was Li Xin-Yuan. He came from Tai-Zhou in modern Zhe Jiang province, Lin Hai county. Upon leaving home, his Buddhist name was Dao Ji. He renounced the world to enter Ling Yin Temple in Hang Zhou and afterward moved to Jing Ci Temple. According to legend, he did not follow monastic rules; he ate meat and drank liquor. He was particularly fond of dog meat dipped in garlic sauce. He acted like a drunk and mad man; so, he was called Crazy Monk Ji. After he attained enlightenment, it was common opinion that he was the reincarnation of Xiang-Long Lo Han (one of eighteen Lo Han in a popular Buddhist story about conquering a dragon). So he was honored as Ji Gong.
H: 9 ¼ inches, L: 9 ½ inches, W: 5 ½ inches