Fruit-throwing antics


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The second half of the third century and the beginning of the fourth century saw a couple of most handsome men in the history of China. For example, Pan An 潘安 (247–300) was exceptionally cute and adorable when he was an adolescent. Women who spotted him in the street would circle around him and throw fruits into his chariot as a fanatic gesture of affection and admiration. He usually returned home with a harvest.

Further interesting discussion: How Chinese People Reacted to Handsome Men in Ancient Times

Another famous handsome figure in ancient China:

Wei Jie 卫玠


  1. 倪亦斌:《掷果盈车数潘安, 陈年旧事女看男》,《艺术世界》, 上海: 上海文艺出版社,2006-10, pp.102–103.
  2. 倪亦斌: 《掷果盈车数潘安,陈年旧事女看男》,《看图说瓷》, 北京: 中华书局, 2008, pp. 173–176.

Fig 1-2: famille verte porcelain plate, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Fig 3: famille verte yen-yen vase, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Jie Rui Tang Collection

Fig 4-5: porcelain vase with underglaze blue decoration, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of The Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art, Geneva

Fig 6: famille verte porcelain charger, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of The Dresden Porcelain Collection, State Art Collections of Dresden, Germany

Fig 7-8: famille verte porcelain vase, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of The Guimet Museum, Paris, photograph by Mr J P Kim (Fig 7) and Mr Riad Kneife (Fig 8)

Fig 9: rose-verte charger, Yongzheng period (1723–35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of Christie’s Auction 2701: Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, Lot 411

Fig 10: album leaf, ink and colour on paper, Ren Xun (1835–93), courtesy of Tianjin Art Museum, China

Fig 11: famille verte porcelain dish, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), courtesy of Mr Wu Pei’s private collection

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