Piece together art from PEM's Collections! Made in Jingdezhen in the 1690s, Mr. Nobody was one of the first representations in Chinese porcelain of a European. Mr. Nobody quite literally has no body. He was based on an English earthenware figure, which was in turn inspired by a woodcut image in an Elizabethan play. Published in the 1590s, the play Nobody and Somebody satirized class inequality in England. He is a prominent, and much loved, figure in PEM’s collection of Chinese export porcelain.
As part of his 2012 exhibition at PEM, contemporary artist Michael Lin worked with a Chinese manufacturer to produce several hundred copies of Mr. Nobody, a figure in PEM’s internationally significant collection of Chinese export porcelain.
You can purchase one of these exhibition replicas here!
300 Piece Puzzle
Completed Puzzle: 11 x 17 inches
Mr. No-Body, late 1600s
Artists in Jingdezhen, China
9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches (24.765 x 17.145 x 13.97 cm)
Museum purchase, made possible by an anonymous donor, 2000