Vintage Chinese Blanc-de-Chine Quan Yin statue. The standing figure is holding a Lotus Flower with further applied Lotus Flowers adjourning the base. Popular during the Mid20thCentury period this example dates from the 1970’s/80’s. A mesmerising all white silhouette makes this an eye catching piece of decorative sculpture. The fine detailing is particularly impressive. The piece appears whole and intact with the exception of the tip of two fine fingers. History. Quan Yin’s (Kuan Yin/Kwan Yin/Guan Yin) sphere of influence is all-encompassing. She is a symbol of unconditional love, kindness and mercy, shielding and caring for the sick, the unwanted, the unlucky and the poor. As one who protects women and children, she is linked to fertility as well. In certain coastal and river regions of China, she is the patroness of fisherfolk and sailors. Traders and businessmen see Quan Yin as the goddess of good fortune. Chinese Buddhists believe that Quan Yin is the female aspect of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of Compassion. It has been debated that Quan Yin’s origins go back to Taoism, the indigenous religion of China. As Mahayana Buddhism began to filter into China from the 1st century CE, Taoist deities were co-opted into Buddhism. In contemporary iconography, Quan Yin is depicted as an ethereally lovely, white-robed goddess. A popular representation has her standing on a lotus petal. Her head, encircled by a halo, is slightly tilted, intent on catching the smallest plea for help. The material used to sculpt the statue symbolizes her many virtues – jade for virtue, marble for constancy and porcelain for innocence. This particular example stands 38cm tall. £126.00 including postage to U.K. zone 1 addresses. For postage costs to addresses outside U.K. zone 1 and overseas postage please enquire prior to placing your order thank you. Other items shown in our photographs are not included in the sale.
Vintage Chinese Blanc-de-Chine Quan Yin statue.