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Chinese Biscuit Porcelain Figure of Guandi

Kangxi period

Description

Modeled in the full round from fine biscuit kaolinic porcelain made at the Jingdezhen kilns in the province of Jiangxi. The figure is posed seated upon a throne, with his left hand resting upon his left leg and right arm bent and held slightly forward at mid-section.  He is dressed in elaborate armor with animal head ornaments at the waist, shoulders, knees, and breast.  A robe decorated with chilin and floral designs is tied about his neck.  His face is well modeled with fine detail to features.  Upon his head he wears a tied peaked cap with additional ornamental diadem.  The throne upon which he sits is in the form of a stepped bench with high plinth that is decorated along the front with confronting cranes, cloud scrolls, and auspicious emblems, and with a crested wave design in the center filled with a diaper design.  Along the back of the throne is a freely drawn landscape with a scholar and attendant all painted in sepia.  
Figures of this type are rare.
Of the Kangxi period, ca: late 17th century
Height: 13 1/8 inches (33.5 cms.)
An almost identical example was in the J.P. Morgan Collection, Vol. II, and No.1199, 1911.

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