Blanc De Chine Guanyin, 17th - 18th Century
Chinese blanc de chine Guanyin, 17th - 18th century, in a seated positon flanked by two young attendants, a bottle and bird either side of her.
Height: 21.5cm. (8 7/16 in.)
Originating in India, where she is known as Avalokitesvara, Guanyin represents the mortal Buddha of compassion and mercy. Buddhism probably arrived in China with travelling monks in the first century BC and was widely adopted, with Buddhist figures such as Avalokitesvara being transformed into the Chinese deity Guanyin over the course of centuries. This example was made at the Dehua kilns in the South-Eastern coastal province of Fujian, renowned for their creamy-white, translucent porcelain. Due to the raw materials available in the local area, Dehua porcelain contains high levels of pure china stone, which results in a very hard and sugary body particularly suited to the production of moulded figures.