A famille rose porcelain figure of budai heshang
Chinese export 18th century
Height: 11 cm, 4.3 inches
The seated Budai is seated in a characteristic pose in royal ease Lila asana, his right hand resting on the raised knee holding a string of gilded rosary beads, his left hand holding the end of a blue enamelled money sack that continues behind him. The bold figure with laughing open mouth and elongated earlobes, his large belly and chest fully exposed by the open costume he wears of iron red colour decorated with gilt cloud designs and a yellow lining. The base is sealed and left unglazed.
The Copeland collection Peabody museum Salem figure 55.
Porcelain of the East India Companies by Michel Beurdeley Cat 59.