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Vessel with figure of Guixing the boat from the donation of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de 'Medici. China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Jiajing era (1522 - 1566). Porcelain Collection. PO 3791. Porcelain, painted in overglaze enamels (émail sur biscuit). H. 9.5 cm, D. 9.9 cm © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 2013

Exquisite Chinese porcelain was already more than a hundred years before Augustus the Strong (1670 - 1733) come to Dresden. In 1590 the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de 'Medici made (1549 to 1609), the Court of Dresden under Christian I of Saxony (1560-1591), a gift of fourteen Chinese porcelains, eight of which have up to now in the obtain Dresden porcelain collection.This includes the abnormal vessel in the form of small figure Guixing on a boat. In the Medici inventory of 1579 it is described as "Lucernina di porclana dorata et dipinta, de l'Indie" in the Dresden inventory of 1595 we find: ". Lucerna, or lamp on top of Porcellana verguldet Geziret with a standing figure" Surprisingly appears the bizarre display of the Chinese god of literature, Guixing. There is a Taoist deity in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 906) is said to have lived as a man and in the 14th Century learned divine worship. A form of representation shows the deity with ugly features and a bizarre kind of horns on his head. Often she stands with one foot on the head of a large carp, which symbolizes success in China in the official career. (From: Giambologna in Dresden, The Dresden gifts of the Medici in 2006, P. 103 - 108.)

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Pot in Phoenix figure out the gift of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de 'Medici. China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Jiajing era (1522 - 1566). Porcelain Collection PO 3478. Porcelain, painted in overglaze enamels (émail sur biscuit). © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 2013