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Antique Chinese "Quan-Yin" "Protector of Seafarers" Figure Kuang Hsu period China circa 1875

An antique Chinese "Quan-Yin" porcelain figure depicted as the "Protector of Seafarers" from Kuang Hsu period China circa 1875. This rare figure is lavishly decorated and stands upon a troubled sea menaced by a ferocious sea serpent. Please look at her left hand as she is seen holding a flask upon which she is pouring a balm to calm troubled waters. One of the many aspects of this important female Buddhist deity is her role in protecting souls while they are at sea. Her elegant stance and swirling robes are in contrast to the sinuous quality of the sea serpent and as she is completely decorated on all sides it is apparent that she was meant to be set upon a table where she would be visible from any direction. In a further enhancement of her value note the use of gilding in both her robe and the tail of the serpent. In a dimly lighted room illuminated only by a low fire and oil lamps the glint of the gold would have reminded the viewer of her eternal watchful presence.

# HA50

DIMENSIONS

3.50" w x 5.75" d x 12.00" h

8.89cm w x 14.61cm d x 30.48cm h

$492.00

"Quan Yin" porcelain figure depicted as the "Protector of Seafarers" from Kuang Hsu period China c.1875. This rare figure is lavishly decorated and stands upon a troubled sea menaced by a ferocious sea serpent. Please look at her left hand as she is seen holding a flask upon which she is pouring a balm to calm troubled waters. One of the many aspects of this important female Buddhist deity is her role in protecting souls while they are at sea. Her elegant stance and swirling robes are in contrast to the sinuous quality of the sea serpent and as she is completely decorated on all sides it is apparent that she was meant to be set upon a table where she would be visible from any direction. In a further enhancement of her value note the use of gilding in both her robe and the tail of the serpent. In a dimly lighted room illuminated only by a low fire and oil lamps the glint of the gold would have reminded the viewer of her eternal watchful presence.