Figure of Asia and Africa from the Four Continents

Figure of Asia and Africa from the Four Continents

c. 1760

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Chelsea Porcelain Factory

(British)

manufactured by

Soft-paste porcelain

Overall: 23.5 x 17.6 x 18.7 cm (9 1/4 x 6 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Mary Warden Harkness 1917.601.2

Fun Fact

The figures depicted in this ceramic sculpture are shown as personifications of the continents of Asia and Africa. An Oriental textile is draped over the lap of Asia while she is engaged in a gestural dance with an allegorical figure of Africa wearing an elephant’s head reflecting the imagination of the ceramic artist who sculpted them.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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