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Dehua porcelain figure of a standing Bodhidharma, hollow on the interior, thickly made and heavy. The figure has ivory white body with a pinkish toned glaze.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 265 millimetres
Inscription CommentSeal mark incised on the back
Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Figure of Bodhidharma
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. This figure of Bodhidharma has an impressed seal mark on the back. This is a maker’s mark of an individual potter. Most Chinese ceramics are not marked by their makers.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900
PDF card: acquired before 1934. John Love Collection.
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Object reference number: RRC38761
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