Chinese Ming Dynasty Carved Wood Figure of a Luohan or Arhat, 16th-17th Century For Sale
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Chinese Ming Dynasty Carved Wood Figure of a Luohan or Arhat, 16th-17th Century

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A serene and charming Chinese carved and lacquered wooden figure of an Arhat or Luohan, late Ming dynasty, circa 1600. The noble figure depicts and elderly disciple of the Buddha, known as a Luohan or Arhat. He is portrayed seated upon a platform in a meditative position, dressed in loose fitting robes that drape hang, accentuating his rounded belly. His head shaved, a beatific expression upon his gentle face. A hollow in the back, originally used to house consecration material, now empty and unsealed. The platform a modern addition. Originally, this statue would have been part of a large group that would have adorned a shelf-like structure within a temple. The dark lacquer with a beautiful patina and intricate craquelure.

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  • Production Time
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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1600
  • Period
    1600-1609
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-CarvedWood,Lacquered
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Condition Details
    The wood showing signs of old worm damage and modern treatment, with one hand and part of the lower hem of the robe suffering losses (please see photos). The lacquer with some loss, revealing the gesso beneath. The hollow in the back exposed.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 13.5 in. x W 8.75 in. x D 5 in.H 34.29 cm x W 22.23 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU894711640363
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