3680
3680
A RARE EMBELLISHED SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
ATTRIBUTED TO ZIXIU, LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimate
250,000300,000
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3680
A RARE EMBELLISHED SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
ATTRIBUTED TO ZIXIU, LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimate
250,000300,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE EMBELLISHED SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
ATTRIBUTED TO ZIXIU, LATE MING DYNASTY
skilfully carved in the form of a luohan seated in rajalilasana on a pierced rockwork base, portrayed clad in finely incised loose garments embellished with pearls and turquoise glass beads, the figure portrayed with a meditative expression accentuated with curly beard and flanked by a pair of pendulous earlobes, further depicted with the left hand holding a ruyi sceptre and the right held in a fist resting atop the bent right knee, the figure rendered with a variegated grey stone, all set on a beige stone suffused with reddish inclusions and dark speckles
8.4 cm, 3 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th April 1992, lot 280.

Catalogue Note

The precise style of carving and naturalism of expression strongly points to the current figure being the work of the 17th century carver Zixiu. Little is known about him other than what can be divulged from the small number of extant signed works. For a detailed discussion of the possible dating of Zixiu's works see Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, pp. 160 and 162, where a luohan figure is illustrated, pl. 135, together with another figure, pl. 136, both bearing the signature 'Zixiu'.

Zixiu's carving style is recognisable by the meticulous execution of the facial expressions of his sculptures, the detailed carving of facial hair and the use of pearls and pale turquoise glass beads for decoration. Another luohan by Zixiu was sold in these rooms, 30th October 2000, lot 2209 and again, 8th October 2010, lot 2209, from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat collection. For further examples of his work see a seated figure of a luohan sold in our London rooms, 13th May 2009, lot 9, together with a seated figure of Budai also bearing Zixiu's signature, lot 17. 

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