Korea, Goryeo period (936-1392)
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 Clevelandâ€™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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