Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guanyin holding a basket containing fish. The figure leans against an ornamental rock on the edge of a shore with waves lapping at the edges.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 153 millimetres
Inscription CommentSeal mark incised on the back
Room 95 label text:
Figure of Guanyin holding a basket of fish
觀音Guanyin is shown here with a basket of fish. She is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Guanyin is an abreviation of 觀世音 (guan shi yin ‘ observing the cries of the world’). It is the Chinese name for the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, which is her male form. Guanyin is shown here with a basket of fish, refering to her rescue of one of the sons of the Dragon Kings (a magical ruler of the sea). The son of the Dragon King turned himself into a fish. He was caught by a fisherman and thus unable to change back from being a fish into a dragon again. Guanyin saved him from being bought and eaten at a market and returned him to the sea.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900
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Object reference number: RRC38763
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