A finely modelled blanc-de-chine figure of Guandi, wearing a cloth cap tied on top of his head with two trailing ribbons. The frowning face has slanting eyes and an incised mustache and short side burns. He wears a scholars gown over armor, held in place by a belt around his chest; the toes of his boots are just visible. His hands are clasped to one side, concealed beneath long flowing sleeves. The porcelain in a creamy white with a rich glossy glaze. The relatively small size of the figure, suggests it was produced for personal devotion. The hollow body is incised around the inner rim with several irregular Chinese characters: 大明年造 (made in the Ming dynasty).
Vanderven Oriental Art
"Chinese Works of Art"