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IN 1968 I BOUGHT A GISHA GIRL FIGRINE AT WOOLSWORTH FIVE AND

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IN 1968 I BOUGHT A GISHA GIRL FIGRINE AT WOOLSWORTH FIVE AND DINE FOR $2.99. 30 YEARS LATER WHILE MOVING I NOTICED THE LEFT HAND WAS BROKEN. AT FIRST I THOUGHT A CLEANING GIRL HAD BROKEN IT AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER. LATER CHANGING MY MIND. I THINK THIS WAS DONE AT THE FACTORY. THE REPAIR IS JUST TO PRECISE. NOW I THINK PERHAPS DRUGS WAS SHIPPED TO US IN THESE FIGURINE.

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This is a Chinese glazed blanc de chine porcelain figurine of GuanYin.

Blanc de Chine means an all-white glaze.

The removable left hand was done on purpose and is found on many of these export figurines.

The origin story of the removable left hand is that a fisherman found a statue of Guanyin which had lost its left arm. While the statue was with him he had ‘visions’ that she was asking him to replace her arm and promised him great luck betowed upon him if he did. He had a new arm made and his wishes began to come true.

Your statue is a ‘wish fulfilling Guanyin’. The owner is supposed to remove the arm and make a wish - then when the wish comes true, the owner is then to put the arm back on her.

The value on today’s market is $40 - $60.

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