Mr. Nobody


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. Made in Jingdezhen in the 1690s, Mr. Nobody was one of the first representations in Chinese porcelain of a European. As you can see, 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.

 

This reproduction of Mr. Nobody stands 10" tall. The removable hat acts as a sort of lid for the hollow body!

 

DETAILS

Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 6 inches



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