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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.470

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 79 millimetres
    • Width: 79 millimetres
    • Depth: 42 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A470

    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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  • Location

    G95/dc35/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Collection (Gift).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.470

White Dehua porcelain figure of a monk seated on a sleeping elephant. Covered with cream white glaze. Base and face of monk unglazed.

White Dehua porcelain figure of a monk seated on a sleeping elephant. Covered with cream white glaze. Base and face of monk unglazed.

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