Lohan Holding a Peach

Lohan Holding a Peach



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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



This lohan, disciple of Buddha with supernatural powers, was perhaps part of a house altar set or a decorative item in a household. Lohans, also known as arhats, are said to be able to tame tigers and tread on water. This lohan with a bald head is shown as a monklike figure, wearing a monk’s robe made of patches and holding the peach of immortality.

This lohan and its pair holding a fu-dog (1964.191.2) embody a humorous attitude and playful behavior, indifference to danger and miracles, and hence a detachment from worldly affairs.

During the 1600s, porcelain sculptures decorated in famille verte overglaze enamel colors were produced for the domestic as well as export market to Europe.

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