A LONGQUAN CELADON SHRINE OF THE SOUTH SEA GUANYIN
A LONGQUAN CELADON SHRINE OF THE SOUTH SEA GUANYIN

EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH-15TH CENTURY

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A LONGQUAN CELADON SHRINE OF THE SOUTH SEA GUANYIN
EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH-15TH CENTURY
The figure of Guanyin is left in the biscuit and shown seated on a cloth-draped ledge within a grotto framed by vertical outcroppings of rocks and scrolling clouds that rise towards further clouds and the moon above, while two acolytes are shown standing below.
10 in. (25.4 cm.) high

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The South Sea Guanyin is a manifestation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, particular to Chinese Buddhism, who resides at her South Sea island abode, Potalaka. For a further discussion of the South Sea Guanyin see Kaikodo Journal, Spring 2000, pp. 224-25, no. 73, from the collection of Stanley Herzman, later sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2002, lot 308. Another similar shrine was also sold at Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1285. See, also, a shrine of larger size in the Illustrated Catalogue of the Tokyo National Museum: Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1990, p. 20, no. 520; and another illustrated in Porcelains from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Hong Kong, 1993, no. 68.

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