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Lohan (Arhat) Holding a Fu Dog

Lohan (Arhat) Holding a Fu Dog

羅漢托福狗

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 1964.191.2

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This luohan and its pair embody a humorous attitude and playful behavior, indifference to danger and miracles, and hence a detachment from worldly affairs.

Description

Luohan are disciples of Buddha with supernatural powers and eccentric behaviors. This luohan is holding the fu-dog, symbolizing good luck, while its mate is holding the peach of longevity (shoutao). 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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