Sculpture of Chinese goddess Guanyin

Chinese goddess GuanyinChinese goddess Guanyin

Guanyin, goddess of mercy, is worshipped throughout China.  These types of sculptures were made initially for the domestic market. They were used for altars (at home) and in the literati's studies. As European demand for exotic items increased, they were exported to the West from the mid-17th century. 

Blanc de Chine porcelain, Qing Dynasty 1700-1750 A.D.; h. 46.8 cm.; originally from China

On loan from the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof (Princessehof Ceramics Museum)