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Large Chinese Qing Ceramic Monochrome "Ha Ma" Toad Frog


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: Item # 699519
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Chinese late Qing to early Republic period ceramic modeled container shaped like a "ha ma," or toad, with a hollow body and flat base covered in a monochrome pearl glaze with a seeded finish. Measures about 10 ½”L x 9 ¼”W x 6”H. There are some old surface cracks visible. The back section appears to have been restored and the gray areas in the pearl glaze appear to be old restorations which were executed in China. There does not seem to have been any effort to disguise these repairs which add character to a legitimate old piece. An example of this type of form can be found on page 86 of Wang Qingzheng’s “A Dictionary of Chinese Ceramics,” Shanghai, 2002.