A gilt-bronze and champleve enamelled figure of a luohan
Mid Qing dynasty The seated gilt bronze figure depicted in meditation, well cast with elongated earlobes and a prominent brow framing the contented smiling face with his teeth exposed, dressed in a loose robes falling in soft folds decorated with the eight auspicious objects enclosed within circular panels. 16.5cm high.
The luohan was bound by the laws of virtues which condemn a life of extravagant excess. It was therefore a common practice for them to accept fragments of cloths that were subsequently patched together to construct a robe similar to the ensemble of the current lot as a sign of his vow of poverty.
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