Figure of a luohan - ROM2005_1592_1


Figure of a luohan

Medium:Moulded earthenware with glaze
Geography: Reportedly from Yixian, Hebei province, China
Date: 11th Century
Period: Liao-Jin Dynasty
126.5 x 101 x 91 cm
Object number: 914.4.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
DescriptionA Luohan (Arhat in Sanskrit) is a holy monk striving to attain Buddhahood through meditation. In Chinese temples, Luohans are usually found in groups of 16 or 18. This particular clay sculpture comes from a famous group discovered in a cave near Yixian in 1912. At least seven of this group are now kept in various museums in Europe and North America.
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