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Buddha Sakyamuni (Shijia) as Ascetic
Ke 8775
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Precision and realism down to the tiniest detail distinguish the production in the time around 1700. The ascetic Buddha is one of the four classical iconographies, showing the moment in which he arises from meditation after attaining the state of enlightenment.

History of the Object
Ever since the Song Period (960–1279), the Province of Fujian in South China was noted for the production of white, undecorated porcelains, which were especially esteemed for their purity—the kaolin necessary for making them was extracted in this Province. As well as utilitarian hollowware reserved for export, the range of products included Buddhist. and Daoist cult figures for the domestic market.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Porcelain with transparent glaze (Blanc de Chine), Dehua ware 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China, Fujian 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662–1722) 
Function
Sculpture 
Acquisition
1949, formerly Private Collection, Vienna 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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