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Late Ming figure of Zhenwu

A late Ming Fahua glazed figure of the Chinese deity Zhenwu.
The deity is depicted with his two attendants seated upon a throne, on a stepped base. He is wearing a turquoise-enameled dragon robe. Some elements are left unglazed revealing the grey stoneware. Zhenwu is an ancient Daoist deity who is considered a powerful god capable of controlling the elements. The glaze type is known as Fahua.

17th century

W 13.5 cm / 5.3 in
D 7.5 cm / 2.9 in
H 24 cm / 9.4 in

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