This Goddess of Mercy Figurine is about 14 inches high. No matter how she is dressed she is always seen barefoot.
I read on the internet that to tell someone that they are Kwan Yin is the highest compliment to pay a baby or a young girl as the Goddess of Mercy is known for her beauty.
She is known as the protector of the seafarers, farmers and travelers. She is also known as the goddess of comfort and thus protects, the sick, the lost, the senile, the troubled and the unfortunate.
The Goddess of Mercy is also known as the woman who brings children, generally boys but if you ask for a girl she will be beautiful. Her name means "she who hears prayers".
The Goddess of Mercy is sometime seen with several heads and arms. She is also seen carrying a basket with a fish in it and thus is referred to the Goddess of the Southern Seas.
I date this piece as being made sometime in the 20th Century.
I believe this is Kutani. The word Kutani means Nine Valleys and is the name of an area and a village. Many people do not relate the 'underglaze blue" to Kutani. Underglaze blue is a very popular style common to all Japanese kilns. This technique was first imported from China and developed in Arita and later Kutani potters started to produce this underglaze blue style. If you need the link to underglaze blue Kutani please email me.
This item is signed but I am not able to understand what it says. It is an incised mark and I have provided a picture for you to see.
There are no cracks, chips or repairs.