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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
This lohan, a 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. Here the lohan is shown as a monklike figure, holding a fu-dog.
This lohan and its pair holding the peach of immortality (1964.191.1) 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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