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The Goddess of Mercy, the Bodhisattva Guanyin
OM-1964-0307
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figurine of the Bodhisattva of Mercy, Guanyin, of Dehua ware (blanc-de-chine) and with a signature of He Chaozong is of high quality craftsmanship. From a culture-historical point of view it's of great interest to observe how the Western religion of Buddhism was eventually given native inflection in terms of material (porcelain, a Chinese invention) and shape.

History of the Object
Apart from what could be concluded from the object itself and the signature, the history of this object prior to the China Committee donation is unknown. An example of an anonymous piece of art from the antiquities market.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Porcelain, Dehua ware (blanc-de-chine) 
Measurements
Width 16 cm Height 30 cm  
Creator name
He Chaozong 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Fujian; Dehua 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Ming dynasty 
Function
worship 
Acquisition
A gift to the MFEA from the China Committee (a Swedish association of collectors of Chinese antiquities) 1964. 
Copyright
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
Acknowledgements
Eva Myrdal, Göte Nilsson Schönborg, curators. Karl Zetterström, Erik Cornelius photo. 
Owner
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (MFEA). 
Museum
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
Credit line
 

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