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'Dehua' sculpture showing Europeans in a Chinese landscape. The hollow sculpture is in the shape of a mountain covered with flowering plants, with a two-storey Chinese gateway and a sculpted snake-dragon on top. In front of the mountain is a curving path which leads over a footbridge towards steep steps. A European gentleman wearing a tricorne hat is sitting cross-legged on the upper level of the gate, contemplating the view and two others, also in tricorne hats, buttoned jackets, boots and knee breeches and armed with pistols and powder horns, are at either end of the path. Further figures and other details are now lost.
- Production date
- 1680-1720 (circa)
Height: 27 centimetres
Length: 21.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
Chinese miniature landscapes have a long tradition and were made in a variety of media such as jade and other stones, wood, bamboo, ivory, bronze and clay, for contemplation on a scholar's desk. The combination with Western figures, however, was rather made for export. Europeans at a Chinese hillside must have been a rare sight and such a representation may well be idealistic, since foreigners rarely went beyond the foreign quarters in the south-western district at Canton. Another Dehua model of a very similar mountain, but with figures missing, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (no. C.33-1957).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
1995 27 Jan-26 Mar, London, BM, G91, East Meets West: Chinese Trade Ceramics in the British Museum
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