Dated 1870 on the base, this late Qing Dynasty ceramic figure is of General Guan Gong, a popular character in Chinese opera, who is cast as brave, swashbuckling and, above all, fiercely loyal to the emperor. The piece is quite detailed, with decorative elements of the butterscotch and white costume defined in relief as well as with intricate incising. Within the general’s wide, open-mouthed grin, his tongue and seven teeth are clearly visible. His face and hands are unglazed. His headpiece showcases the artisan’s skill with a perfect flying tassel on the back and six balls and a pyramid around the brim. There is a hairline crack on the back of the jacket peplum, and discoloration on the left side of the face. One of the balls and the pyramid on the hat have been repaired; otherwise the figure is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 10” (25 cm), width 6” (15 cm), depth 3 ½” (9 cm).