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Dehua ware porcelain figure of a Buddha seated crossed-legged, with hands in the 'dhyana mudra' (meditation). The figure has short curly hair, elongated ear lobes, an 'urna' (proturberance on the forehead) and an 'ushnisha' (proturbance on the top of the head). The figure has a white body.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 319 millimetres
Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Figure of seated Buddha
Potters made figures of gods and goddesses for domestic altars as well as to export at the Dehua kilns. Originally the figures were probably made as cheap alternatives to ivory carvings of deities also made in Fujian. Porcelains from Dehua were exported to Europe as evidenced by excavations, shipwrecks, shipping lists and inventories of possessions. They were also made for the domestic market. Figures of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, are quite common but images of the Buddha are comparatively rare. Many of these bear the marks of individual potters or their families.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty to Republican period about AD 1800–1916
PDF card: acquired before 1934. Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record: From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 7th May 1931. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.320, Lot 208. £255. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's - William Cleverly Alexander Sale.
White Dehua porcelain figure of a Buddha seated crossed-legged, with hands in the 'dhyana mudra' (meditation). He has short curly hair, elongated ear lobes, an 'urna' (proturberance on the forehead) and an 'ushnisha' (proturbance on the top of the head).
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Object reference number: RRC38835
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