17th-century Dehua figure of Wenchang

Offered by Oriental Art
17th-century Dehua figure of Wenchang

17th-century Dehua figure of Wenchang

Offered by Oriental Art
Date & Origin 1600 to 1675, China
Dimensions
H
10 inch (25 cm)
Description
This charismatic god of literature is depicted in Ming official’s garments, with the long-sleeved flowing robes and the characteristic hat and belt, both of which bear jade emblems of rank. He is seated on a chair emblematic of his authority. The expression is one of a rather masterful serenity. The holes around his mouth and chin would originally have contained horse-hair whiskers, now long gone. The creamy, unctuous glaze has a slightly ivory tone.
Literature
P J Donnelly in 'Blanc de Chine' 1969 illustrates several comparable figures which he dates to the early- to mid-seventeenth century, see plates 96, 97 and 102.
Medium
Porcelain
£2,200.00
Dimensions
H
10 inch (25 cm)
Description
This charismatic god of literature is depicted in Ming official’s garments, with the long-sleeved flowing robes and the characteristic hat and belt, both of which bear jade emblems of rank. He is seated on a chair emblematic of his authority. The expression is one of a rather masterful serenity. The holes around his mouth and chin would originally have contained horse-hair whiskers, now long gone. The creamy, unctuous glaze has a slightly ivory tone.

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