Korea, Goryeo (936-1392)
hanging scroll, ink and slight color on silk, Image: 54.29 x 40.64 cm (21 5/16 x 16 inches); Overall: 138.74 x 59.37 cm (54 9/16 x 23 5/16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1979.71
An arhat, an advanced disciple of the Buddha, is represented here in profile with a halo encircling his head. Now remounted in the hanging-scroll format, this fragment comes from a handscroll that once depicted 500 arhats. He sits on a woven bamboo stool, offering an alms bowl to a small flaming dragon. This hanging scroll is one of only about ten known fragments that survive today, all of which (except for Cleveland’s piece) are currently preserved in Korea or Japan.