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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A PAIR OF CHINESE ORMOLU-MOUNTED GLAZED PORCELAIN FIGURES OF LUOHANS

    LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF CHINESE ORMOLU-MOUNTED GLAZED PORCELAIN FIGURES OF LUOHANS
    LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    One of Pu Deng reading the Buddhist scripture, the other of Futuo Miduo tearing his outer face to reveal his inner face, each depicted seated and dressed in a turquoise, green and yellow cloak, on a reeded naturalistic base and scroll-cast circular socle
    Each: 14¼ in. (36 cm.) high; 6 in. (15 cm.) diameter, the base (2)


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    Luohans, also known as Arhats or 'Destroyers of the Passions', vary in numbers between sixteen and a hundred and are depicted in Chinese art from the Tang dynasty onwards. As Buddha's apostles, Luohans were first mentioned as sixteen Arhats in the Mahayanavataraka which was translated into Chinese in AD 437. A full transcript of these sixteen names was given in AD 653 by the pilgrim monk Xuan Zang with the additional two that were probably adopted by the end of the 10th century, these being the Arhats who tamed the Dragon and the Tiger representing Eastern and Western directions respectively.

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