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Idiosyncratic Large Blanc De Chine Porcelain Sculpture

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Idiosyncratic Large Blanc De Chine Porcelain Sculpture
This chien yao (white ware) piece was produced in the Te-Hua Factory in Fujian Province, China. It is a sophisticated late Qing Period (1644-1916) style of contradictory religious images of Bodhisattva (Guan Yin) and Pa Hsien (Eight Taoist Immortals). This piece exhibits the luminous, warm and lustrous, slightly brown tinted glaze the Te-Hua potters have been famed for since the Song Dynasty. The decorations are typical for chien yao, that is, incised, impressed, molded and applied ornaments. The top of the sculpture is Guan Yin, a Bodhisattva of the Buddhist religion. She has defined, yet poetic, classic features: egg-shaped face of a girl of sixteen, lotus petal eyes, sloping shoulders, slender neck and pointed fingers. Guan yin wears reduced amounts of jewelry and crown, and sits lotus-style on the incised Mount Sumera-shaped pedestal. Her mudras are her most common Bodhisattva representations. The left hand holds the lotus flowers (symbol of purity); the right hand is in the varada mudra (request granting gesture). Below Guan Yin are all eight of the Taoist Immortals with their distinguishing attribute. (See our website for details.) This Fujian porcelain sculpture is dated as late Qing Dynasty based solely on the society of that time's ability to tolerate contradictions in religious concepts or when orthodox religious practices were less prevalent. However, the Fujian artists do show some connection between Buddhism as a branch or offshoot of Taoism on the back of the sculpture with tree branches connecting the Taoist base with the Buddhist peak. The sculpture is in excellent condition with no known flaws and comes with a heavy wood base. More pictures, information and references available on our website. Figure Size: ~ 30" H x 11' x 8"; Weight: ~ 20 pounds

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