Moulded porcelain figure of smiling Putai Hoshang seated on the ground holding a pouch in his left hand and in his right a rosary. Covered with light turquoise glaze; unglazed base has turned reddish-brown.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 89 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18th-19thCRoom 95 label text:
Figure with turquoise glaze
Potters made this porcelain figure with turquoise glaze in a mould which could be reused to make other figures. It is a representation of 布袋和尚 (Budai heshang ‘cloth sack monk’). He is generally depicted as here with a smiling face, elongated ear lobes and a fat protruding belly. He generally holds rosary beads and carries a cloth bag. He is also known as the laughing Buddha. He is in fact 彌勒佛 (Maitreya ‘the Buddha of the future’).
Porcelain with turquoise glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about 1800–1900
PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift
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Object reference number: RRC39861
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