A very rare Chinese export porcelain Dehua blanc de chine figure of a standing male, variously called either a ‘slave’ or a ‘figure of Adam’. There is also a female version described as ‘Eve’. Figures such as these were popular with Europeans who became interested in various cultures and their costumes (or lack thereof) as colonial expansion moved around the globe. A similar example is in the Peabody Essex Museum, and are mentioned in the 1721 inventory of Augustus the Strong. Illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, page 93. Measuring 9″ tall, with very minor chips to the back of the base and a faint glaze line going down the middle of the back, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi, circa 1700-1720.