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Five Hundred Luohans

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Date:

Late Ming or early Qing dynasty, 17th century

Artist:

Artist unknown

About this artwork

Within Buddhism, a luohan is an enlightened being that typically possesses fantastical powers. The many luohans in this work are accompanied by both real and imaginary creatures as they clamber over inverted hills, float above clouds, and glide across swirling waters, occasionally pausing to meditate in a bamboo grove. Their profusion suggests that these sages are intended to depict the Daoism-inspired legend “Five Hundred Luohans Crossing the Sea,” which describes a multitude traveling to an immortal realm.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Five Hundred Luohans

Place

China (Artist's nationality:)

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1601–1700

Medium

Handscroll; ink and color on paper

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

Reference Number

1943.1149

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