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Dehua porcelain figure of a monk seated on a sleeping elephant. The figure has a white body and cream white glaze. The base and the face of the monk are unglazed.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 79 millimetres
- Width: 79 millimetres
- Depth: 42 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Figure of a monk on a sleeping elephant
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 shows a monk seated on a sleeping elephant.
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
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Object reference number: RRC39369
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