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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.447

  • Description

    Dehua porcelain modelled figure of He-He Erxian (the twin spirits of harmony and happiness), both seated, both with elongated ear lobes and an ushnisha, and one holding a round woven basket from which a turtle is escaping. The figure has a white body and transparent glaze. There is a mark on the back of each figure.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 112 millimetres
    • Width: 157 millimetres
    • Depth: 84 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        on the back
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A447

    Figure of the twin immortals of mirth and harmony


    This figure represents 和合二仙 (Hehe er xian ‘the twin immortals of mirth and harmony’). Both are seated and shown as two laughing boys wearing loose robes. One holds a round woven basket with an escaping turtle inside. They are loosely base on historical figures of the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907). There is a potter’s mark on the back of each figure. One in a square and a gourd shaped seal.


    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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  • Bibliography

    • Donnelly 1969 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case35/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.447

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