Hohos were a popular motif under the Chinese emperor Kangxi and were often depicted on porcelain or as figurines.
They represent twins, which is a symbol of good understanding. They carry a water lily and round vase and symbolise harmony and unity. In China, they are considered lucky charms.
These figurines, in faience or tin-glazed pottery, were produced in Brussels in the second half of the 18th century. We recognise the colours typical of Brussels production: blue, manganese and copper green.
The Museum purchased these figurines at the Brafa Art Fair in 2020 from a Brussels antique dealer who specialises in Brussels pottery and porcelain.
Why did we include this work in our collections?