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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
Escaping to a Better World: Eccentrics and Immortals in Chinese Art (Chinese art rotation)
This luohan and its pair embody a humorous attitude and playful behavior, indifference to danger and miracles, and hence a detachment from worldly affairs.
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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