China, Probably from kilns in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province
Porcelain with relief decoration under bluish white glaze; H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Gift of Edgar Bromberger, in memory of his mother, Augusta Bromberger, 1951 (51.166)
This noble figure of a bodhisattva wears a particularly elaborate network of fine beaded chains and pendants at the chest and skirt. It belongs to a series of Buddhist porcelain sculptures of impressive size, all of which are bejeweled in applied ropes of pearl beading, which relates them to a series of early fourteenth-century porcelain vessels ornamented in the same manner. A figure of this type in the Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, carries a date equivalent to 1298 or 1299, and it is generally assumed that these ceramic sculptures were made from the final decade of the thirteenth century to about the end of the first quarter of the fourteenth century. This dating is reinforced in the Museum's figure by the similarity of the "cloud-collar-point"shaped edge of the uppermost garment at the elbow to the "cloud-collar" motif that is so prevalent in many types of Yuan-dynasty material.