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Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

late 17th century


Dehua ware


  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Dehua Fujian Province China
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    late 17th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain, glazes; blanc de chine
    34.4 x 16.0 x 13.9 cm
    Gift of Sydney Cooper 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Dehua ware

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  • About

    The history of ceramic development and fashion in China can best be studied through Jingdezhen porcelain whether intended for court, domestic or export requirements. Of course there were innumerable kilns throughout China, particularly in the south-east, the south and the north. But there were not many centres of note receiving favoured patronage and the best known was probably Dehua in Fujian province, where the deservedly celebrated ivory coloured or white porcelain known in the West as 'blanc-de-Chine' was made. One of the specialities of these kilns was figures such as Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, and others from the Buddhist pantheon.

    Hepburn Myrtle, 'Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties', AGNSW, Sydney, 1977. pp6-7

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    Sydney Cooper, pre 1952-1962, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, loaned to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1952. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 1962.

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