Group of Tudi seated on a throne between two attendants, one holding a tablet, with the inscription zhaocai ‘bringing money’, on a demi-lune base, moulded with a ﬂowerhead and leaves issuing from rockwork, covered in a cream glaze.
7 1/8 inches, 18.1 cm high.
Kangxi, circa 1690.
- From a European private collection.
- Purchased from Kleykamp in The Hague, Holland, circa 1925.
- A pair of related figures with French ormolu mounts is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from The Meiyintang Collection, Volume Two, no. 1011, pp. 308/9; another related figure probably described in the 1688 inventory at Burghley House, England, is illustrated by Gordon Lang in Chinese and Japanese Porcelain from the Collection of the Earls of Exeter, no. 235, p. 90.
- Tudi is a much-respected deity and is widely seen in China in road side shrines. See nos. 27 & 28.