18th century 17″ Blanc de Chine Standing Guanyin Figure
18th century 17″ Blanc de Chine Standing Guanyin Figure. Excellently modelled standing on a circular domed base with breaking and swirling waves, her face with a serene expression. Her hands are clasped together and she is dressed in long flowing robes, jewelry and a floral tiara in her high looped hair with knotted tresses falling to her shoulders
* It is generally accepted that Guanyin originated as the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists (sometimes called Daoists) as an Immortal. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin which means “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”.
** Blanc de Chine (French for “White from China”) is the traditional European term for a type of white Chinese porcelain, made at Dehua in the Fujian province, otherwise known as Dehua porcelain or similar terms. It has been produced from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) to the present day. Large quantities arrived in Europe as Chinese Export Porcelain in the early 18th century and it was copied at Meissen and elsewhere.