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Five Hundred Luohans

CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Late Ming or early Qing dynasty, 17th century


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.


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Arts of Asia


Five Hundred Luohans


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Handscroll; ink and color on paper

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Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

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