1487
1487

PROPERTY FROM A MICHIGAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PAINTED AND ENAMELED BISCUIT FIGURE OF RAHULA
REPUBLIC PERIOD, SEAL OF ZENG LONGSHENG (1901-1964)
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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1487

PROPERTY FROM A MICHIGAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PAINTED AND ENAMELED BISCUIT FIGURE OF RAHULA
REPUBLIC PERIOD, SEAL OF ZENG LONGSHENG (1901-1964)
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A PAINTED AND ENAMELED BISCUIT FIGURE OF RAHULA
REPUBLIC PERIOD, SEAL OF ZENG LONGSHENG (1901-1964)
the figure seated in monk's robes open at the neck exposing an emaciated chest, the proper right hand in prana mudra, the left on the knee and holding a mala resting above an alms bowl supported by the rockwork base, the base with an impressed rectangular cartouche seal reading Zeng Longsheng zao
Height 15 1/2  in., 39.4 cm
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Catalogue Note

Zeng Longsheng was a Republic period Jingdezhen artisan who specialized in figural works. A complete set of the eighteen Luohan by Zeng Longsheng, donated by Sir Kenneth Ping-fan Fung, is in the collection of the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, inv. no. HKU.C.1978.0654(1). Another example from the same series was sold at Christie's New York, 18th-19th September 2014, lot 983.

Zeng Longsheng's series of eighteen luohan appear to be modeled after Guan Xiu's paintings from 891. Legend has it the paintings were created after Guan had a dream in which the luohan visited him and asked him to paint their portraits. The resulting images were taken from his visions. The paintings were treasured and preserved in a Zhejing monastery, and during the Qianlong reign were copied and propagated.

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