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Chinese Blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin, Kangxi (1661–1722), the bodhisattva standing barefooted upon a lotus base, her lotus prayer beads visible at the hem of her flowing robes, wearing an elegant crowned headdress with miniature figure of the Amitabha Buddha, her earlobes elongated and forehead with a raised dot or 'urna' indicating the third eye and her ability to see beyond the moral world of suffering
Hands restored, chips to headdress and edges of robes, firing crack to headdress, two faint hairlines to body, the longest approx. 3in.
Guanyin in India is worshipped as the male god Avalokitesvara, but in China the deity gradually evolved into the compassionate female goddess who hears the cries of the world. A near-identical figure at Burghley House is illustrated in Tharp, L., Hogarth's China, London 1997, fig.72; and for another from Hampton Court see Ayers, J., The Blanc de Chine Figure, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol.68 2003-4, fig.2, pg.16, also illustrated in Ayers, The Royal Collection, 2016, no.300.