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Seated Luohan (Arhat) in a Grotto

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
H. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm); D. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.640
  • Description

    A luohan, (arhat, in Sanskrit) is a Buddhist sage who has achieved enlightenment. Groups of sixteen, eighteen, and five-hundred luohans were worshipped in China, where they were a common theme in painting and the decorative arts. The beautifully engraved inscription on this sculpture identifies the luohan as Kanaka, the eighth in the set of sixteen, and explains that the Qianlong emperor had this sculpture made as part of a set of sixteen images for a shrine in the palace.

  • Provenance

    Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902)

  • See also
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    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
42188:6

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