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Inscription

in red ink on the interior of the base with a mark in the shape of a standing bird, perhaps a heron or crane

Provenance

Sir William Bennett [1852-1931]. (Gorer, London); sold 1910 to Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Bibliography
1910
Gorer 1910, 25, no. 77.
1911
Gorer/Blacker 1911, 2:fig. 87 (c).
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 23.
1998
Bower, Virginia, Josephine Hadley Knapp, Stephen Little, and Robert Wilson Torchia. Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 201, color repro.
Technical Summary

The figurine is molded, as can be seen from the presence of bivalve mold marks running over the top of the head.