Originating in India, where she is known as Avalokitesvara, Guanyin represents the mortal Buddha of compassion and mercy. Buddhism probably arrived in China with travelling monks in the first century BC and was widely adopted, with Buddhist figures such as Avalokitesvara being transformed into the Chinese deity Guanyin over the course of centuries. This example was made at the Dehua kilns in the South-Eastern coastal province of Fujian, renowned for their creamy-white, translucent porcelain. Due to the raw materials available in the local area, Dehua porcelain contains high levels of pure china stone, which results in a very hard and sugary body particularly suited to the production of moulded figures. In this example, the hands are shown in a combination of the Dhyana Mudra, which represents meditation upon the Good Law and the attainment of spiritual perfection, said to have been used by the Buddha before his Enlightenment, and the Shuni Mudra, also known as 'the seal of patience' and said to represent discipline and focus.