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Luohan (Arhat)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th–19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bamboo
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Bamboo
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.198
Not on view
Although not represented in Indian or Southeast Asian art, luohans (Sanskrit: arhats) play an important role in China, where they appear in both religious painting and sculpture and as a theme in the decorative arts. Originally the disciples of the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni, luohans are understood as protectors of Buddhism and the devout.
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