Korea, Goryeo period (936-1392)
hanging scroll, ink and slight color on silk, Image: 52.7 x 40.6 cm (20 11/16 x 15 15/16 in.); Overall: 140 x 54.1 cm (55 1/16 x 21 1/4 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.
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