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.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 112 millimetres
- Width: 157 millimetres
- Depth: 84 millimetres
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription Positionon the back
Room 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39343
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