Chinese porcelain blue and white figure of Zhenwu, seated on a large throne with raised back, wearing an imperial dragon robe with armour at the shoulders and a flaming pearl on the skirt, flanked between his two standing generals, Wan Gong and Wan Ma, all on a raised oval plinth painted with a tortoise and snake amongst flames and lingzhi and above crested waves.

9 3/8 inches, 23.7 cm high.

Ming dynasty, early Wanli, circa 1580.


Condition: excellent.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of a famous French industrialist, purchased in the 1960’s, advised and helped in forming his collection by René Grog who was the husband of the French fashion designer Marie-Louise Carven.
  • A related figure of Zhenwu and his acolytes is in the Gugong collection, Beijing, no. N00106222; and another is in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, collection no. B81P55.