Related sculptures include an example in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1974, pl. 147; one, likely from the Zijin’an temple, Wu Xian, Jiangsu province and now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, Wudai Song Diaosu/Complete Series on Chinese Art, Sculpture, Five Dynasties and Song, vol. 5, Beijing, 1988, pl. 151; one in the Baerwald Collection, included in the exhibition Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst, Berlin, 1929, cat. no. 494; and another, once in the Sun Zi temple, Shanxi province, from the collection of Mrs. James Cromwell, sold in these rooms, 4th December 1984, lot 116. See also a luohan from the collection of Arthur Vernay, sold in our London rooms, 10th June 1986, lot 88, again at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2nd November 1999, lot 766 and a third time in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd-4th December 2015, lot 584.
Luohan are protectors of the Buddha’s teaching who reached advanced states of spiritual awareness. From the 10th to 13th centuries, ceramic figures of luohan were made in various sizes, from small figurines such as the present figures to imposing, life-sized sancai-glazed models. The present type of painted pottery and stoneware figures belong to a group that are usually portrayed sitting on roughly hewn rocks engaged in study and meditation.
The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication Ltd., no. C103n33.
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