China, a carved and painted wood figure of a seated Luohan Arhat, 90cm, 36”
high and 45cm, 18” in width, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
the carved and painted seated holy man with shaved head perched on a thin organic
base his face carved in a respectful naturalistic joyful expression with glass eyes wearing
monastic , draped robe, and bare feet cradling a curled canine in his lap all over showing
scattered remnants of brown, blue, and black weathered painted colors from significant
Arhats or Luohans in China were enlightened and saintly men. They are Buddhist disciples.
They have been depicted in Chinese Buddhist art since the fifth century and images in groupings of
sixteen or eighteen abound since the tenth century. The sixteen Luohans primarily derive from pre-
Tang (618-907 CE) and Tang dynasty Buddhist texts. This Luohan is unusual in that he lovingly holds
a charming canine in his lap. He was likely one of sixteen different Luohans created for a Buddhist
temple and his naturalistic style likely originates from Northern China.
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