A fine and very rare 18th / early 19th century Chinese agate carving of a Luohan, the figure well modeled and superbly carved in fine detail and precision with the bare-chested skeletal sage in a kneeing posture, his loose-robe draped around and below his waist, his left hand holding a scroll, the off-white stone with good translucency, with small attractive patches of golden-russet inclusions. The figure is raised on an old carved wooden stand.
NOTE : It is very rare to find Chinese carving of Luohan in agate stone, the present figure compares well with soapstone and white jade carvings of the 18th century in terms of form and carving style.
DATE : Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 18th / early 19th century.
MARK : no mark or signature.
SIZE : approximately 3 1/2" (9 cm) high including stand.
CONDITION : in perfect condition, a few natural stone fissures, and one or two tiny pinhead size old nibs to extremities only. No other damage or repair noted.
SHIPPING : Inclusive.