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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.416

  • Description

    White Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guanyin in the attitude of meditation. White. There is a seal mark on the back. The interior and the base are neatly finished, with small areas of grit adhered to the front of the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 138 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        on back
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 416

    Figure of a seated Guanyin in the attitude of meditation


    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. Porcelains from Dehua were exported to Europe as evidenced by excavations, shipwrecks, shipping lists and inventories of possessions. They were also made for the domestic market. This figure has a four character maker’s mark on the back.


    Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900PDF 416

    白釉觀音坐像


    德化窯陶工製作的陶瓷神像不僅供國內供奉,也遠銷境外。在福建,陶瓷塑像的出現原本是為了替代象牙雕塑,因其成本更低。考古發掘、沉船、貨運清單及財產清單皆可作為證據,證明德化窯陶瓷曾經銷往歐洲。當然,德化窯在國內市場也有銷售,如觀音塑像就相當流行,而佛像相對較少。此尊佛像背後有四字工匠款。


    瓷器,模塑,雕刻,透明釉
    德化窯
    福建省德化
    清代,約1700-1900年

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  • Location

    On display: G95/dc35/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.416

White Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guantin in the attitude of meditation.  White.  There is a seal mark on the back. The inside and the base are neatly finished, with small areas of grit adhered to the front of the base.

White Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guantin in the attitude of meditation. White. There is a seal mark on the back. The inside and the base are neatly finished, with small areas of grit adhered to the front of the base.

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