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Pair of Famille Verte Porcelain Boys, Kangxi (1662 - 1722)
Category: Asian Art
SubType: Ceramics
Origin: China
Era: 17th Century
Height: 10.875 inches inches
Pair of boys standing in mirror image, each holding a vase in one hand, as the other reaches up to towards their head, the full round faces are mirthful with smiling mouths and eyes crinkled with laughter. The wear the traditional bib over loose pants and upturned slippers on their feet, all colorfully decorated with a variety of floral motifs.

The laughing twins are often referred to as the Immortal Hehe Erxian, the Twin Spirits of Harmony and Joy, embodying the ideal of accord. As such, figures of boys were often considered appropriate gifts on the occasion of marriage conveying the wish for happiness, abundance and the birth of many sons.

While there are several known varieties of pose associated with the figures of boys, the present pair represent an unusual stance. The better known type are a bit more columnar with hands and vase nestled close to the chest, there are also examples with double topknots and foreign features standing on a square plinth, holding a cup, as well as a seated figure with legs splayed and, finally, a boy hunched over, carrying a smaller boy on his back; the latter two types have the same jovial open facial features as the present pair.

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