Ever wonder about those clever Chinese "niren" figures, more commonly known as Chinese mud men, that have captured the imagination and enthusiasm of collectors worldwide? Finally, a book that separates fact from fiction and provides important information and fascinating insights. You will learn about the varieties of mud men, their symbolism, how to spot and assess damage, and the challenges in discerning the age of these figures. The author offers a new approach to grading and assessing condition to help buyers and sellers alike. This book provides a wealth of informative material presented in a highly readable format with extensive illustrations. Learn everything you need to know to get started collecting these intriguing figures. Loaded with over 300 color pictures. A real bargain and a “must read” for collectors.