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Lohan (Arhat) Holding a Peach

Lohan (Arhat) Holding a Peach

羅漢持桃

1662-1722

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Porcelain with famille verte overglaze enamel decoration

Overall: 24.3 x 12.6 cm (9 9/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.191.1

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This luohan with a bald head wears a monk’s robe made of patches.

Description

Luohan are disciples of Buddha with supernatural powers and eccentric behaviors. This luohan is holding the peach of longevity (shoutao), while its mate is holding the fu-dog, symbolizing good luck. With carefree smiles and playful gestures, these two figures embody a humorous attitude and a detachment from worldly affairs. This pair of porcelain figures was perhaps part of a house altar set or a decorative item in a household.

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