Late Ming Blanc de Chine figure of Kuan-yin
A Chinese late Ming Blanc de Chine figure of omnipresent Kuan-yin the Maternal.
The figure was created as a thanks offering for the birth of a child, possibly in context of a domestic shrine.
This is almost identical to the Kuan-yin pictured in Plate 71B (see picture) from P. J. Donnelly’s definitive and critically regarded book on Blanc de Chine.
She is depicted perched high on a rock with one knee upraised, as was a typical of 17th century depictions. She is also flanked by her two attendants.
Being period, this example most likey comes from the Têhua kilns.
White Pottery or what is known as Blanc de Chine, originates from the Têhua kilns in Fukien and became renouned for its figures of Buddhist divinities during the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth centuries.
The attention to detail achieved in these early pieces through technique is remarkable
W 15 cm / 5.9 in
D 12 cm / 4.7 in
H 25.5 cm / 10 in