Figure of Guanyin with a parrot

Dutch (Delft)
about 1700
Artist Unidentified


Height : 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Figure of Guanyin decorated in polychrome blue, yellow, green, red, and manganese enamels, inspired by “famille verte” Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period, dressed in a colorful robe with yellow and green motifs evoking the clouds and a blue pearl necklace with the Golden Fleece, holding a green parrot with a yellow beak in her right hand, one of the traditional attributes of Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion.


Two labels: "Aronson Antiquairs / Amsterdam"
"Collection G. Ephis / 055 DEL"




1990, G. Lafontaine, Belgium; November 6, 1990, posthumous Lafontaine and others sale, Christie’s, Amsterdam, lot 105. 1996, sold by Aronson Antiquairs (dealer), Amsterdam, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger