Fabulous lacquered wood carving of a Rakan by Tamakaji Zokoku, the most famous lacquer carver of the 19th century. Was accorded samurai status in recognition of his work by the clan Lord in 1835. Was given the name Tamakaji in 1839. Works auctioned in Christies.
Jūroku Rakan literally means “Sixteen Arhats.” The saintly ascetics who gathered at the death and nirvana (nehan 涅槃) of the Buddha Sakyamuni (Shaka 釈迦) and were ordered by him to remain in this world as witnesses to the truth of the Law or Buddhist teachings. Typical depictions in painting or sculpture show them with aged faces, emaciated bodies and the frugal clothing of Indian ascetics or wise men.
Great condition with a bit of minor damage on one finger. Comes in original paulownia box. H: 55cm x W:18cm. Ask for shipping quote.