Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Lu Xun

Figure of Lu Xun
ca. 1984 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stoneware, glazed
Dimensions
  • Height: 21.7cm
  • Width: 16cm (Note: Approximate width and depth taken in gallery, depends on angle of chair)
  • Depth: 14cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'CHINA 283' on base
Gallery Label
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)
Object history
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
Production
Artist: Liu Zemian (1936 - ), modeller

Biographical reference: 'Shiwan Wares', Fung Ping Shan Museum (Hong Kong, 1979), p.301

Shiwan, Guangdong province, CHINA
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
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
Collection
Accession Number
FE.66-1984

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