Chinese collection

Item LL 6631

Accession no: LL 6631
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of a divinity
Materials: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Place made: Jiangxi province, China
Date made: Ming Dynasty, C. 1500
Measurements: H. 34.3 cm

Description: Figure of a divinity, 'Shangdi', seated, with screen at his back. His right hand and right knee are raised, and under his right foot are a tortoise and snake. Rectangular base with moulded sides and four lion masks in relief. Porcelain with coloured glazes - dark violet-blue, turquoise, and yellow. The flesh parts are in unglazed biscuit. The predominant colour is dark blue. Base unglazed and burnt reddish brown.

Provenance
S. E. Kennedy collection; his sale, Christie's, 21 June 1916, lot 65, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £54.12; by whom gifted the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art , London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 5.