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China China - Bust 71

35.5 × 32.6 × 23.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Jingdezhen, China
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2006
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery location
Not on display
After settling in Australia in 1990 following the student protests and subsequent events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, self-taught artist Ah Xian began to experiment with sculptural casts. This interest eventually led to his work with porcelain and, in turn, to the creation of his first porcelain busts in 1998. 

In order to gain experience, Ah Xian travelled to Jingdezhen, the traditionally renowned centre of China’s porcelain production. Working in collaboration with various artists throughout the city, Ah Xian created porcelain busts modelled from plaster casts of real-life figures and decorated these in glazes with traditional Chinese designs.