White Chinese Porcelain figure of Guanyin with Buddhist Lion

(China, 19th Century)

White Chinese Porcelain figure of Guanyin with Buddhist Lion
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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White Chinese Porcelain figure of Guanyin with Buddhist Lion


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 Buddhist Lion or Fu Dog, which represents happiness. In her left hand she cradles a scepter. 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 most like made at the turn of the 19th Century, circa 1890. She would work well in any midcentury modern home. The body of the figure is pressed 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, as well as details on the Lion. The porcelain work is truly impressive. The figure is quite solid and is in great condition. It measures 11 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches in depth. There are 2 small brown dots on the glaze on the lion and rocks, most likely something that landed on during the kiln firing, not really a fault but part of the firing process. 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.

WIDTH: 11 in | HEIGHT: 5 in | DEPTH: in

Origin China
Category Porcelain
Period 19th Century

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