Figurine

This glazed porcelain figurine of a Chinese man dressed in loose robes is modelled with a smiling face and an expressive body language. The hands and legs of this figurine are partially broken. Found with a sizable cargo of Chinese export ceramics and porcelain uncovered from a late 17th century shipwreck near Vung Tau, Vietnam, figurines such as this are unique and no comparable pieces has yet been found. It is not known if they had a specific function or were simply decorative pieces, or if they were meant for the Asian or European market.

Date/Period
c. 1690
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: 10 x 6 cm
Accession No.
1999-01034
Material
Ceramics
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hallstrom
Category
Ceramics