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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statue: 446 mm x 115 mm x 85 mm, 1.88 kg
base: 95 mm 157 mm, .291 kg
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- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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