This is a 1960s Cultural Revolution porcelain figurine of Norman Bethune from the kilns at Jingdezhen. It is a finely made ceramic statue that shows the Canadian doctor leading a donkey up a hill. Bethune served in the communist Eighth Route Army during the Sino-Japanese war and died from blood poisoning contracted in the operating room. He became a revolutionary martyr in Cultural Revolution mythology. These porcelain figures are becoming quite rare and are much sought after.
 
Measurements: H. 17.3 cm, 7 cm X 10 cm across base
Condition: Excellent. No chips or any other defect or damage.
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Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 

Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 
 

Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 

Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 

Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 

Interest in Chinese icons from the 1960s to the mid-70s has continued to grow beyond being mere collectors' items. Today, each figurine would cost as much, if not more, as all seven did then. One major recent change has been the inclusion of Cultural Revolution memorabilia - once dismissed as kitsch collectables - in the world of museum-quality fine art, as demonstrated by the figurines included in a recent exhibition at the Chinese University Art Museum of 20th century porcelain from the kilns at Jingdezhen.

Ending today, it's one of the first museum shows in Hong Kong to showcase these kinds of works.

 

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Jingdezheng Figurine of Norman Bethune

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