Guanyin,China

Guanyin,China

Guanyin
China, Dehua
1600-1700
Porcelain, with ivory-coloured glaze
Museum no. C.548-1910
George Salting Bequest

Dehua, in southern China, specialised in modelled and moulded figures, small tea wares and incense burners. They were made of glazed but unpainted porcelain stone, which fired to a beautiful creamy white. First produced for the domestic Chinese market, they were later exported to Europe, where they became known as blanc-de-chine.

The Buddhist figure, Guanyin, is the Bodhisattva ('enlightened being') of compassion.