Statues of Kwan Yin (a.k.a. Kuan Yin or Quan Yin) are very pervasive throughout Asia. In English, she is usually referred to as 'The Goddess of Mercy' and sometimes 'The Goddess of Compassion'.
This porcelain figurine is about 12 inches tall and has beautiful fine details. Although she is relatively stable, I worry about her around children and during earthquakes. If properly activated at a Buddist Temple, it can be put on an altar at home for use in prayers.
Kwan Yin is always clothed in a white gown which represents purity. She is represented in different standing or sitting positions. Often she is holding a Rosary, representing her devotion to Buddhism. Sometimes she is sitting on or holding a lotus flower. The lotus flower is one of Buddhism's primary symbols of purity since it is a beautiful flower which grows out of the mud.
There are different stories about the origin of Kwan Yin. The one I am most familiar with is that she was a Princess whose father tried to marry her off to the heir of the throne but she ran away to a convent. She willingly endured many hardships and gained the respect of people and animals.
She became a Bodhisattva, a being who chose to remain on earth and help others rather than enter nirvana.
Kwan Yin is seen not only at Buddhist temples, but also in Taoist and Confucian temples.
I am very happy with my porcelain Kwan Yin figurine.