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Figure group - Abraham and Isaac

Abraham and Isaac

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr C.N. Ades in memory of his wife, Andrée Ades

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 41, shelf 1

Maritime trade with China from the 16th century opened routes not just for merchants, but also for Christian missionaries. One result was images produced by Chinese craftsmen that reflect Christian beliefs. Some copy European models directly. Others, such as this depiction of Abraham and Isaac, dress biblical figures in Chinese costume, probably to make them more accessible and resonant to local audiences.

Physical description

Figure group of Abraham and Isaac, porcelain painted in polychrome overglaze enamels and gilt. Probably moulded after a European print. A fat and bearded Abraham in Chinese dress brandishes his sword above a scowling Chinese Isaac, whose head he holds still with his other hand.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt


Height: 29.8 cm

Descriptive line

Abraham and Isaac, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt, China, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Production Note





Painted; Gilt; Glazed


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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