Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
late 17th century
Porcelain with raised decoration, painted in cobalt blue and copper red, under a clear glaze (Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen ware)
H. 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Not on view
By the seventeenth century, traditional Buddhist themes were common both in literati paintings and in the decorative arts. The holy men depicted here are arhats (Chinese: luohans). The one tussling with a snarling tiger is often identified as Bhadhra. His face, however, is identical to that of a second arhat. Copied from a woodblock print, both figures represent stock images rather than specific individuals.