Ming Dynasty Seated in vajrasana atop a recumbent elephant, the face modelled with thick curly beard below the gently indented mouth portraying an expression of serene contemplation, clasping an edict in both hands, dressed in a loose robe with embellished rims. 20.5cm high.
The current lot epitomizes the effortless assimilation of different cultural traits into Chinese works of art as foreigners depicted with large eyes and thick curly beards have historically been a prevalent motif as early as the Tang dynasty (618-906), where the increased presence of foreigners inspired an incorporation of the image of the foreigner in Chinese art. Reference could be made to an unglazed pottery figure of a Central Asian mounted on a horse from the early 8th century, illustrated by M. Medley, Tang Pottery & Porcelain, London, 1981, p. 55, no. 45.
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