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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.590

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18th-19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B590

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.57, no.B590 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.58, no.B590 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case38/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.590

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.

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