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Figure of lu xun

Figure of lu xun

  • Place of origin:

    Shiwan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Liu, Zemian, born 1936 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Shiwan kilns have specialized in making figures for centuries. This figure of Lu Xun, China's celebrated novelist of the 20th century, is very naturalistically modelled, down to the cigarette held between his fingers.

Place of Origin

Shiwan (made)


ca. 1984 (made)


Liu, Zemian, born 1936 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, glazed

Marks and inscriptions

'CHINA 283' on base


Height: 21.7 cm

Object history note

Bought in China by Rose Kerr, AK/FED in course of trip to China to acquire 20th c. material in 1984
Notes on significance: Model in production from c.1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rose Kerr 'Contemporary Chinese crafts' V&A Album 4, 1985, p. 326, fig. 9; Frances Wood and Rose Kerr 'Chinese collections' Crafts 77 (Nov-Dec 1985) pp.36-37
'Shiwan Wares' Fung Ping Shan Museum, (Hong Kong 1979) no.222, p.111 is same figure but with potter's mark 'Liu Zemian' dated c.1970 and height 23cm

Labels and date

Figure of Lu Xun
About 1984
Shiwan kilns, south China

Lu Xun is a celebrated novelist in modern China.

Stoneware with multi-coloured glaze
Museum no. FE.66-1984 [2007]

Production Note

Artist: Liu Zemian (1936 - ), modeller
Biographical reference: 'Shiwan Wares', Fung Ping Shan Museum (Hong Kong, 1979), p.301
Shiwan, Guangdong province, CHINA


Figures & Decorative ceramics


East Asia Collection

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