19th Century Blanc de Chine Dehau Guanyin Figure
An elegant Chinese "Blanc De Chine" or White China Porcelain figure of Guanyin. The white China figures of the feminine bodhisattva became synonymous with the city of Dehua in the Fujian province, where they were made. The bodhisattva Guanyin sits peacefully in royal ease with her right arm resting on her knee and the left holds a small scroll that is rolled up. The color white has a long tradition in Chinese art, and the Dehua white china is among the favorite of collectors. The milky white achieved in Dehau was unlike any other. It was dug out straight from the ground so it really had no impurities and was stunning in its whiteness. White was also a color associated with religious rituals, so Dehau porcelain became very special. The figure is really quite beautiful; she was made at the turn of the 19th Century, circa 1890 but would work well in any midcentury modern home. The body of the figure is cast into a mold, and is hollow of the inside. The meticulously rendered face, the elaborate and ornate hair-do, the soft pointed hands, as well as other details were added on afterwards. You can see how highly articulated the fingers are and how such care was taken in making the strands of hair. The porcelain work is truly impressive. Porcelain is a clay of very high density and it is also vitreous making it quite solid. It measures 9 inches tall by 6 inches wide. It is signed, or stamp marked on the back. The figure has a crackle glaze on the garments, a sepia color that was added after the crackle glaze, giving the figure some nice depth. Guanyin is the Chinese adaptation of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva who encompasses all compassion. It is not a surprise then, that in the West, as imports came to Europe, the figure of Guanyin came to represent a peaceful maternal figure, such as the Virgin Mary. Guanyin is also short for Guanshiyin, which translated means "the bodhisattva who watches all over the world for those that are crying or suffering". She is known as the keeper of souls. This elegant porcelain white china piece would be wonderful item for a collection, a keeper of peace. A beautiful meditative figure to bring a piece of history and compassion into the home.
SEAT HEIGHT: 9 in
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