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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0304.3

  • Description

    Porcelain figure of Guanyin with biscuit-fired and green-glaze decoration. This sculpted image of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Mercy, female incarnation of the Indian Buddhist god Avalokitesvara, shows the goddess seated on a rocky throne with one foot resting on a lotus pod emerging from water below and the other placed across her lap. Her eyes are cast down in an attitude or contemplation and she rests her weight on her left arm while the other is relaxed on her knee. Guanyin's robes are loose fitting and she wears elaborate beaded jewellery all over her gown in addition to a crown, bracelets and a necklace. The throne is glazed and the figure fired by contrast in the biscuit.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1300-1400 (circa)
  • Production place

    • Made in: Longquan
    • (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area,Longquan (county),Longquan (town))
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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35.6 centimetres
    • Width: 25 centimetres (max.)
    • Diameter: 17 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    In the Yuan period, Longquan ceramic statues were produced on a greater scale than in the Song. Formed with fine details, many are ornamented with the type of beading seen on 'qingbai' sculptures made at Jingdezhen, such as the 'qingbai' Watermoon Guanyin, dated 1298, in the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City. A Longquan figure representing the Bodhisattva Guanyin in a similar pose was salvaged from the cargo of a wrecked ship dated 1323. The ship had run aground off the coast of South Korea near the island Todok-to, Sinan gun, South Cholla, during a trading expedition from China to Japan via Korea. The cargo comprised more than 16,000 Chinese ceramics, including 9,500 Longquan green wares. It is significant that only one icon was found on board, suggesting that figurines of this type were not exported on a commercial scale from Longquan.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 16:96 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1991,0304.3

A porcelain sculpted image of Guanyin, The Bodhisattva of Mercy, female encarnation of the Indian Buddhist god Avalokitesvara, shows the goddess seated on a rocky throne with one foot resting on a lotus pod emerging from water below and the other placed across her lap. The eyes cast down in an attitude of contemplation and she rests her weight on her left arm while the other is relaxed on her knee. The robes are loose fitting and she wears elaborate beaded jewellery all over her gown in addition to a crown, bracelets and a necklace. The throne is glazed and the figure fired by contrast in the biscuit.

A porcelain sculpted image of Guanyin, The Bodhisattva of Mercy, female encarnation of the Indian Buddhist god Avalokitesvara, shows the goddess seated on a rocky throne with one foot resting on a lotus pod emerging from water below and the other placed across her lap. The eyes cast down in an attitude of contemplation and she rests her weight on her left arm while the other is relaxed on her knee. The robes are loose fitting and she wears elaborate beaded jewellery all over her gown in addition to a crown, bracelets and a necklace. The throne is glazed and the figure fired by contrast in the biscuit.

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