Seated luohan with a servant
This luxurious carving was made for the Qing imperial court. The luohan, a Buddhist sage, sits in meditation with a rosary while a boy attends at his feet. From his long eyebrows and position beneath a tree, this luohan may be identified as Nakula. A poem of praise for Nakula in the upper right was authored by the Jiaqing emperor (r. 1796–1820) and inscribed by his elder brother Yongxing (1752–1823).
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