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Laughing Buddha

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The two figures, each of a rotund, seated or squatting Chinese man, with a shaved head, grinning mouth, and long earlobes, are pressed from the same two-part mold. the hands, the left holding a peach, the right resting on the right knee, are molded separately and incerted into holes in the full...

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Provenance

Paris; 1966, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

Pagod (Magot de la Chine), mounted

French, about 1730–40

Object Place

France

Dimensions

14.5 x 13 cm (5 11/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.634a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain (pâte tendre) decorated in polychrome enamels and gold (probably later), with ormolu mounts

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Porcelain