Chinese collection

Item LL 6679

Accession no: LL 6679
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of Guanyin
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille verte style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 37.8 cm

Description: Figure of Guanyin, seated, wearing jewelled pendants and high head-dress. She sits on a lotus throne in front of which are two small figures of attendants. Oblong box pedestal. Porcelain, enamelled on the biscuit; the robes green. Brocaded with floral medallions and cloud patterns; the hair black; details in yellow and aubergine. The lotus throne is green with aubergine details. On the base are panels with prunus designs and archaic dragons with fungus sprays, in a pale green ground bordered by brocade patterns. Square hole at the back for offerings.

The name Guanyin, also spelt Kuan Yin, is short for Kuan-shih Yin. Commonly known in the West as the Goddess of Mercy.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 339.