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Lohan Holding a Peach; Lohan Holding a Fu Dog

Lohan Holding a Peach; Lohan Holding a Fu Dog

羅漢持桃; 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

Description

These two lohans, disciples of Buddha with supernatural powers, were 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 they are shown as monklike figures, one holding the peach of immortality, the other a fu-dog. The lohan with a bald head wears a monk’s robe made of patches. These two figures 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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