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Buddhist Monk Budai

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
17th century
Porcelain with clear glaze (Fujian Province; Dehua ware)
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
The kilns near Dehua, in Fujian Province, opened in the late thirteenth century and flourished from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Characterized by thick, lustrous glazes, Dehua ware is often known in Western writings as blanc de chine, or “China white.” Budai, who lived in the eighth or ninth century, was noted for his round stomach and his affinity for children.
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