A Famille verte biscuit figure of seated monk

Qing Kangxi period, 1662-1722, China
清康熙(1654 – 1722), 中國

Height: 20 cm, 7.9 inches

This seated monk figure is decorated with purple and green glazed robes, with red paint applied to the biscuit on the inner cuffs. His head and hands are unglazed. He is seated with his legs crossed, his hands holding his knee, and his head tilted to the left. His robe is decorated in a waving line pattern similar to woodgrain, painted in dark purple with a lighter purple glaze over the top. The collar of his robe is green and white with a chrysanthemum and scrolling vine pattern delicately painted in black. His green shoes are visible. The sleeves of his robe are long, with the drapes carved in detail. The inside of the sleeves is cold-painted with red. His face has a contemplative expression, and his long earlobes traditionally symbolise good fortune and luck, and were a characteristic of the historical Buddha. He is seated on a white unglazed seat which rests on a square biscuit base around the edge of which is a green glazed section with a geometric design painted in black.

Similar Examples

Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, PDF A495. A white porcelain figure with similar depiction of ears, hands and facial expression made in the same period.

The V&A Museum, London, FE.13-1978. A porcelain figure made in similar technique with painted enamels on the biscuit and the purple palette.

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