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Dehua ware porcelain figure of seated Budai Heshang, leaning against his hempen bag full of treasures. He is barefooted, has elongated ear lobes and has an 'ushnisha' (a fleshy lump on the top of his head, one of the 32 marks of Buddahood). The figure has a white body.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 155 millimetres
- Width: 193 millimetres
- Depth: 153 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the back
Inscription TransliterationHai Ji
Inscription CommentOn the back the seal 'Hai Ji'
Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Figure of seated Budai Heshang
Potters made this porcelain figure with in a mould which could be reused to make other figures. It is a representation of 布袋和尚 (Budai heshang ‘cloth sack monk’). He is generally depicted as here with a smiling face, elongated ear lobes and a fat protruding belly. He generally holds rosary beads and carries a cloth bag. He is also known as the laughing Buddha. He is in fact 彌勒佛 (Maitreya ‘the Buddha of the future’). On the back is a mark which has been read as海濟 Hai Ji.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
PDF card: acquired before 1934.
Fine white Dehua porcelain figure of seated Budai Heshang, leaning against his hempen bag full of treasures. He is barefooted, has elongated ear lobes and has an 'ushnisha' (a fleshy lump on the top of his head, one of the 32 marks of Buddahood).
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Object reference number: RRC38844
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