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Dehua porcelain figure of a standing Buddha, with elongated ear-lobes, a necklace with a swastika in the centre, and tight curled raised rings of hair with an 'ushnisha' on top of the head.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 490 millimetres
Inscription CommentDouble gourd shaped seal mark incised on the back
Room 95 label text:
Figure of 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. This figure has a gourd shaped mark on the back.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化，福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1750
Dehua porcelain figure of a standing Guanyin, with elongated ear-lobes, a necklace with a swastika in the centre, and tight curled raised rings of hair with an 'ushnisha' on top of the head.
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Object reference number: RRC38762
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