Eastern Javanese, Majapahit Dynasty, 14th.-15th Century AD.
Red clay figure of corpulent form, incised with decorative details of the tail, scales and head of a magnificient rendering of a fat fish. Exudes a lively, robust personality. The long tradition of trade between China and Java culminated with the establishment of a trading colony in 1297. The Chinese were subsequently responsible for the first regular use of coins in Java which became widespread in the 15th century. During the 14th and 15th centuries, large numbers of terra-cotta animals were made, all provided with a slot on the back for insertion of copper coinage.
Majahapit: As temporary with the Yuan and Early Ming Dynasties, the Majapahit Empire became a dominant world power in the 13th.-15th. century unders ruler like Hayam Wuruk. Majapahit was an empire of 98 tributaries, stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea;consisting of present-day Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, East Timor, Sulu Archipelago and other parts of the Philippines.
Size: 18,5 cm. long
Condition: Choice!, intact and beautiful.
Ex. Old Swedish Collection, formerly in an Indonesian professors collection, bought in the 1970s-1980s.