This is a beautiful example of the Moriage technique used by Satsuma to decorate their pottery. It is accomplished by a method of layering fine "slips" of clay that is thicker and stickier than that used to create the object itself. As the layers are added they are then painted with colors or gilt and then fired and then additional layers added and the process repeated until the decoration is complete. The more layering, the more time involved, and thus the more expensive the piece. Regarding the figure itself, Quan Yin is a deity in Buddhism translated from Sanskrit known as Avalokitesvara, the goddess of mercy. This figure dates from the early 20th century (1920/30) and stands 13" in height and ranges from 3 1/2" to 4 1/2" in width. There are no markings on the bottom, which is typical of this period of production.
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