A set of Chinese carved ivory 18 Luohan
Lot 8020Y
A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty
Sold for US$ 458,000 inc. premium
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A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan Late Qing Dynasty
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A carved ivory set of Eighteen Luohan
Late Qing Dynasty
Each Buddhist disciple simply but subtly portrayed with an individuated expression on his face, his robes falling in soft cascading folds as he stands holding an identifying attribute, each of which is intricately rendered with incised details, the surfaces of each sculpture tinted with a pale sepia wash and understated black highlights.
12in (30.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • A Luohan (Sk: Arhat, Jp: Rakan), is a Buddhist practitioner who has not obtained the requisite enlightenment necessary for Bodhisattva or Buddha status, but who has still transcended the mundane world. Within the East Asian tradition, they were often portrayed in groups of sixteen, eighteen or even five hundred. For a detailed discussion on the difficulty of identifying each of the various individual Arhats in groups of ivory carvings like this one, see the footnote to lot 8011 in this sale.

    For a very similar set of luohan, see the eighteen sold in these rooms, December 13, 2010, lot 5011. See also the group sold in our New Bond Street showrooms, May 12th, 2011, lot 205.
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