Statue of Kuan Yin, goddess of maternity, China, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Porcelain statue representing the goddess of maternity, Chinese, with wooden base. Front view. Whole object. Dark grey
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Porcelain statue representing the goddess of maternity, Chinese, with wooden base.. Close up detail of head & shoulders
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Porcelain statue with wooden base representing Kuan Yin, the goddess of maternity, China, 1701-1900.

Carrying a child in her arms, this porcelain statue is thought to represent Kuan Yin, a Chinese goddess of fertility and protector of children. Kuan Yin is also considered in Chinese Buddhism to be the goddess of compassion and mercy. In cultures across the world, gods and goddesses are believed to protect their followers from illness, danger and death.

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Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A661002
Materials:
incomplete, porcelain, wood
Measurements:
statue: 446 mm x 115 mm x 85 mm, 1.88 kg
base: 95 mm 157 mm, .291 kg
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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