3093
3093

PROPERTY OF A LADY

AN EXCEPTIONAL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
700,000900,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
3093

PROPERTY OF A LADY

AN EXCEPTIONAL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
700,000900,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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AN EXCEPTIONAL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LUOHAN
MING DYNASTY
seated on draped cragged rocks with one leg bent across resting on his other knee, the figure leaned gently to his right with his head supported on his raised arm, the other arm extended forward to pat a recumbent lion beside, the contemplating face detailed with downcast eyes, long pendulous ears and a slight frown, clothed in long robes falling into voluminous folds hemmed with incised foliate bands, above shoes hanging on the edge of a chamfered rectangular base
15.2 cm, 6 in.
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Provenance

Collection of Mrs Walter Sedgwick (1883-1967), London.
Collection of Ruth Dreyfus, no. 300.
Collection of Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987).
Christie's New York, 1st December 1994, lot 67.

Exhibited

The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1957, cat. no.  291.

Literature

R. Soame Jenyns and William Watson, Chinese Art II, New York, 1980, no. 45.

Catalogue Note

This finely cast Luohan embodies a moment of meditative reflection, beautifully displayed through its relaxed posture, the stroking of the lion and the cast-off shoe. The figure is particularly notable for the fine quality of its gilding and the sensitive rendering of fine details, from the intricately patterned fabric on which the figure rests, to the crisp folds of its loose robe and the expressive facial features. Luohan, or arhats, were close personal disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha. Although they attained Buddhahood during the course of their lives, they delayed entering Nirvana and remained on earth to protect the Buddhist dharma and to aid others in seeking enlightenment according to the instruction of the Buddha. Invested with extraordinary spiritual power, they are believed to possess perfect wisdom and insight of all existence while being freed from the bonds of desires.

A larger Luohan figure, cast with one foot raised, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is illustrated in Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, pl. 71; and another attributed to the Yuan dynasty, was sold in our London rooms, 12th June 1990, lot 37.

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