A large carved 'huang furong' figure of a luohan Early Qing dynasty
Lot 221
A large carved 'huang furong' figure of a luohan Early Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 2,400,000 (US$ 309,155) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large carved 'huang furong' figure of a luohan Early Qing dynasty
A large carved 'huang furong' figure of a luohan
Early Qing dynasty
The exquisite stone of a rich orange-beige colour, sumptuously carved in the form of a luohan depicted seated with a ruyi sceptre in his right hand, his face sensuously rendered with full naturalistic attention, depicted in a serene, slightly humorous expression, with long pendulous ears, gently incised shaven hair, elaborate moustache and prominent brow, adorned in sumptuous robes tied with a long cord at the front, slightly open at the neck, intricately etched at the collar and hems with a broad frieze of meandering floral scroll against a wave ground, the sides and reverse with additional circular florettes enclosing additional floral scroll, interspersed by stylised cloud scroll, the head of the ruyi sceptre carved with a stylised taotie mask, the handle carved with gently incised scroll lines and inlaid with semi-precious stones, all resting on an elaborate russet and ochre dais simulating rockwork.
20.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清初 壽山黃芙蓉石雕執如意羅漢坐像

    Provenance來源:
    Douglas J.K. Wright, London, 23 July 1980

    The extraordinary size and quality of the carving on this luohan marks it out as among the most outstanding figural carvings of the early Qing dynasty. To find a boulder of such magnitude and such fine colour would have been difficult, making the figure an expensive commission. The skill of the artisan is apparent in the exquisite naturalistic attention on the luohan's face, and in the high quality foliate decoration on the robes.

    The image of a luohan with a ruyi appears in literati and court paintings of the early to mid Qing dynasty, including the famous court painting by Jin Tingbiao (active in the Qianlong period), preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing (fig.1), where as with the current lot, the name of the luohan is unidentified.

    此拍品為本專拍中最大的一件,石質滋潤,石中黃色自羅漢頭漸淡至其身,其面相和藹,身穿雲紋地蓮花團紋服,周邊帶錦地蓮花紋花邊,手執獅首如意,嵌以寶石三棵。
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