A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty

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Lot 8202
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda
Qing dynasty

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A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda
Qing dynasty
The arhats depicted standing in individualized robes elaborately gilt and colorfully enameled in scrolling cloud motifs, lotus blossoms, and other repeating patterns; the elder Kasyapa depicted holding his arms upright and concealed within looped sleeves below a ring clasp at his left breast, the younger Ananda shown holding his arms in namaskara mudra.
30in (76cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Christie's labels to reverse of both figures

    As his most outstanding disciples, the youthful Ananda and the aged Kasyapa are the arhats (Ch: Luohan) generally depicted in attendance to the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, per convention extending back to at least the Tuoba Wei dynasty (see Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé et al, The Avery Brundage Collection, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Sculpture (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1974), 113). The identity of the two figures in the present lot are unmistakably but subtly differentiated: note the prominent cheekbones and sunken cheeks of the elder Kasyapa versus the plumper, rounder face of Ananda.

    Li Song et al. in Chinese Sculpture (New York: Yale University Press, 2006), publish several prototypes in this medium dating back to the Northern Song dynasty, many of which display tantalizing similarities to this lot. For example, see the Yuan era figures in op. cit. no. 4.74-4.76 and a Ming group p. 426 pl. 4.65. However, Li notes that 'most of the groups of... arhats still in existence belong to the Qing period' (p. 429). Li cites Qianlong-era groups of arhats in the Biyun Temple of Beijing as well as the colorful and stylized group in the Qiongzhu temple of Yunnan province (ca 1891) as representative types.
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A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
A Pair of polychrome lacquered wood figures of Kasyapa and Ananda  Qing dynasty
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