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Blanc de Chine Guan Yin with 8 Dragons Barometer

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Chinese Export: Pre 1980: Item # 1217831

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Blanc de Chine Guan Yin with 8 Dragons Barometer
Guan Yin in blanc de chine with eight dragons. It is actually a barometer. Exquisite detail and in excellent condition. This is very beautiful porcelain which almost looks like white glass. It was purchased from an estate sale which had it listed as a barometer, most likely Chinese. I was able to get it to work so that the water dripped from the small bottle in her hand to the dragon's mouth below. To fill it with water one has to pour water in the dragon's mouth and lean the statue back and tip it upside down. One has to repeat this many, many times until the statue is full and the water drips out of the bottle. I don't think is was a very good barometer. It works on the same principle as the swan barometers, but to fill it one has to imagine the mystery teapots or the cup of Tantalus where you fill it from the bottom, upside down, and tip it over and then pour from the spout. Regardless it is a very beautiful blanc de chine Guan Yin and measures 16.25" high, 17.25" at its widest and 5.5" at the base. Please call or email if you have questions.

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