Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392)
Hanging scroll, ink and slight color on silk, Image: 52.7 x 40.6 cm (20 3/4 x 16 in.); Overall: 140 x 54.1 cm (55 1/8 x 21 5/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1979.71
An arhat (Nahan in Korean), an advanced disciple of the Buddha, is represented here in profile with a halo encircling his head. This particular arhat is Segongyang jonja, numbered as the 464th of 500 arhats. He sits on a woven bamboo stool, is luring a dragon into an alms bowl. This hanging scroll is one of only about ten known works that survive today, all of which (except for Cleveland’s piece) are currently preserved in Korea or Japan.
CMA, Department of Art History and Education (6/10 - 8/10/1980): "Korea: Bridge of Culture"Nara National Museum (4/29 - 6/7/1981): "Buddhist Portraiture" (cat. no. 200)CMA (10/23/1990-1/13/1991): "Asian Autumn: 1990"CMA (9/17/1991-1/5/1992): "Asian Autumn: Masterpieces from the Collection"Nara National Museum, Japan (2/21-3/29/98); Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo (4/28-6/21/98) "Highlights of Asian Painting from The Cleveland Museum of Art" p.76, cat. no. 47Asian Art Musuem of San Francisco (10/18/2003 - 2/5/2004): "Goryeo Dynasty: Korea's Age of Enlightenment (918-1392)" exh. cat. no.22, p.89.The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009); "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"National Museum of Korea (10/22/2010 - 11/21/2010): "Masterpieces of Goryeo Buddhist Paintings"Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 237); May 29, 2013 - December 23, 2013
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