Seated luohan holding a fan


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 216

In 1757, the Qianlong emperor visited the Shengyin Monastery in Hangzhou and saw a set of sixteen luohan paintings attributed to Guanxiu (832–912), a monk-artist renowned for his eccentric depictions of Buddhist adepts. The emperor fell in love with the paintings and commissioned responses in various media, including jade carvings like this one. The figure’s posture and feather fan suggest the luohan Gopaka

Seated luohan holding a fan, Jade (nephrite), China

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