Tall Chinese Ming Dynasty Wooden Sculpture of Arhat ‘Luohan’, 16th Century

An impressive Chinese wooden figure of a Luohan dating circa 1550. The carving of the face is particularly fine and expressive, the paintwork on the body is the original one and in very good original state. The arms are missing. The sculpture has undergone a professional conservation where all the paper and paintwork has been consolidated and it has been treated for woodworms and comes with a treatment certificate Size: the sculpture, sitting on its modern custom made black wooden base, is 88 cm tall, the depth is 35 cm and the width 47 cm Arhat, ( Sanskrit: “one who is worthy”) , Pali arahant, in Buddhism, a perfected person, one who has gained insight into the true nature of existence and has achieved nirvana (spiritual enlightenment). The arhat, having freed himself from the bonds of desire, will not be reborn. In China, as well as in Korea, Japan, and Tibet, arhats (Chinese lohan, Japanese rakan) were often depicted on the walls of temples in groups of 16 (later enlarged to 18, or even 500). They represent 16 close disciples of the Buddha who were entrusted by him to remain in the world and not to enter nirvana until the coming of the next buddha, in order to provide people with objects of worship.

Size: H 32.68 in.  W 18.5 in.  D 13.78 in.       H 83 cm   W 47 cm   D 35 cm

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