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Böttger figure of a pagoda


Code: X582

Circa 1715 

Hard-paste porcelain

Height: 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm)

Marks: incised Japanese Palace inventory number 219 w

Pagoda figures designed as incense burners were perhaps the earliest figures produced in porcelain at the Meissen manufactory. They were modeled after late seventeenth century Chinese blanc-de-chine figures of Pu-tai Ho-shang (now called Budai), the corpulent monk. Many variations of the model occur.