Image: Chinese Caly Figure - Boxer: E11345

Chinese Caly Figure - Boxer: E11345

Clay figure of a Boxer, c. 1901 made in Tianjin, China.


Stan Florek
© Australian Museum


A boxer clay- figure made probably around 1901 in Tianjin – the fourth largest city in China famous for its high quality ceramics and ceramic figurines. The figure represents an iconic Boxer from spiritual and social nationalistic movement against Christianity and the foreign imperialism in the late 19th century in China. One of the visual marks was yellow, black or red turban that Boxers were wearing. Boxer Uprising or Rebellion erupted into an open arm conflict in 1899-1901 – brutally suppressed by foreign forces.

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