Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East
Chinese Painting on Silk of Lohan

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Chinese Painting on Silk of Lohan
DESCRIPTION: A beautifully rendered ink and gilt painting on silk depicting the Lohan Chieh-po-ka. In Buddhist tradition there are Eighteen Lohan, also called Arhat or Arahat, who are the personal disciples of Buddha. Chieh-po-ka, or Gobaka the Protector, is the ninth Lohan. Tradition is that he was stationed on the Gandhamadana mountain with a retinue of 900 arhats, and is usually represented in contemplation with a fan in his hand. Here we see him seated on a round mat placed on a rock outcropping wearing a bright red robe draped over one shoulder. His face, skin and the round mat are painted in reflective gilt that shimmers in the light. The painting is framed by a taupe and blue silk brocade, and lined on the back with gold colored silk. We date this painting to at least the Republic Period (before WWII) or earlier, as it was procured by a serviceman serving in the Pacific Rim right after the war. It is in superb condition, as if it were kept in a drawer since its purchase. DIMENSIONS: 12 wide (31.8 cm) x 13 high (33 cm).

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