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Figure of a luohan
Wood; traces of polychrome
Centimetres: 102 (height), 45.7 (length), 55.8 (width)
1300-1368 AD
Late Empire I; Yuan Dynasty; 14th century AD
Area of Origin: China
Dr. Herman Herzog Levy Bequest Fund

Description: A Luohan (arhat or “worthies” in Sanskrit) is a holy man in Buddhism, who tries through rigorous self-cultivation to become a Buddha. They are monks, which is why the head of the figure is shaven. He wears a monk's habit, with tassels, and a belt covered with richly carved plaques. The hands are broken off. This figure was once painted in rich colours. With its concentrated and serene expression, this figure belongs to the most beautiful religious sculptures produced in China.

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