Chinese Figure of Guan Yin, Daoguang, hard paste porcelain, c.1820-50

 

This small porcelain figure represents the Chinese bodhisattva, Guan Yin (Guanyin). Associated with mercy and compassion, from the 12th Century onwards Guan Yin is generally depicted as a robed female immortal, as in this example.

Unusually richly decorated in Canton famille rose enamels, Guan Yin sits upon a pink lotus, representing peace and harmony. She is shown with two of her attributes - a jar containing holy water or tears, and a bird representing filial piety. Her left hand is raised in a mudra, or Buddhist gesture, and she holds in her left hand a piece of fruit, probably an orange. Covered by a cowl, her hair is decorated with gilt ornaments, and her patterned robes are edged with a floral border, reserved on a gilt band.

Condition: There is a small loss to a section of the front of the cowl, and also to the tips of the fingers, otherwise good. No restoration.

Dimensions: Height 13 cm

 

 

     
       
       
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