The Museum Proper
Replica or Original:
Not a Replica
On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:
3.5" x 3.5" x 12"
A Shiwan sculpture of a man playing with his pet bird.
Inscriptions, and/or Markings:
Donated by the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Shiwan Ceramics are closely connected to characters reflected in Chinese mythology. This particular character depicts a wealthy man with plenty of leisure time. Look at his clothing: a long robe with a piece of precious jade hanging from his waist, covered by a cotton vest and a cap decorated with a piece of jade at the front. A folded fan was inserted on the back of his neck. His pet bird is kept in a cage protected by a piece of cloth.
It seems that this man has just finished his tea at a tea house and is playing with his pet bird.