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A Boxwood Carving of Lohan of 19th Century

A Boxwood Carving of Lohan of 19th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1920: Item # 703592

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Description: A boxwood carving of Lohan was from late Qing period, 19th Century. Called Chang Mei Lo Han, Lohan with Long Eyebrows, the figure was with likely features of a westerner. By the unique outlook which the Chinese usually depicted to the divines, the Lohan takes the casual posture of leaning to one side when holding in hand with a scroll. By contemplating facial expression, the sage wears only one shoe on the foot when letting loose of another to the stool side. It is an expression of the spirits of Zen. Like most of the elements in the Chinese cultures, Zen spirits were the usual ways the Chinese literati would adopt to express their casual mood in daily life. Most of the scholar items reflect that mood. This wood sculpture was done uniquely by the root of boxwood. In rich brownish patina due to the original finishing work, the blackened area was amid the pleats. All of these characteristics were developed from the enduring age of 100 years or so. Date: Qing Dynasty( Late19th Century), Material: Boxwood, Height: 16.5cm, Length: 15cm, Condition: Perfect.