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  • Museum number

    PDF.476

  • Description

    Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Quanyin, who rests against an ornate arm rest that has a dragon mask stand with jeweled horns. The figure is wrapped in a flowing robe, revealing a lotus flower border on the undergarment.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 169 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 476

    Figure of Guanyin seated on an ornate throne


    Potters made figures of gods and goddesses for domestic altars as well as to export at the Dehua kilns. Originally the figures were probably made as cheap alternatives to ivory carvings of deities also made in Fujian. This image of Guanyin on an ornate throne was probably made for the domestic market.


    Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Location

    G95/dc35/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.476

Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Quanyin, who rests against an ornate arm rest that has a dragon mask stand with jeweled horns.  The figure is wrapped in a flowing robe, revealing a lotus flower border on the undergarment.

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