This exquisite figurine is a vintage Chinese Shekwan Mud Man. My research indicates this figurine is circa 1890-1919. The bottom of the figurine is stamped "CHINA" in two places. The figurine measures about 7-1/2" tall, about 3" at the widest point and 2-3/4" at the deepest.
Before I go further, I have to tell you there are areas of damage. They are shown in detail in the fourth picture. Both thumbs are broken off halfway, along with the tips of the second and fourth fingers on the right hand. The front edge of the right sleeve is chipped in several places. It also appears that the right eyebrow may have fallen off or this could be the way it was originally produced. There is some crazing, but this is to be expected for a item this old. I guess if I was this old I'd have some chips and crazing, not to mention missing pieces.
Even with the above mentioned defects, this is still an amazingly beautiful piece and would look wonderful on display (just as he has in my home for more than ten years). The details, including fingernails on long slender fingers, are wonderful. When he sits on the table in front of you, you can imagine that he is watching you with his wise, smiling face. When you look closely, you can see where the different pieces were put together.
His head, hands and chest are unglazed with holes for his ears, eyes and nostrils. He is wearing a lovely yellow draping robe with green trim on the sleeves and collar. What appears to be a blue cape covers his shoulders and back.
I'm not an expert and what knowledge I have is gleaned from the internet. Any misrepresentation is purely accidental.