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Lohan in a cave
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1900s
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Manasi nephrite
Dimensions: H. 8 3/4 in x W. 5 3/4 in x D. 1 3/4 in, H. 22.2 cm x W. 14.6 cm x D. 4.4 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Jade And Stones
Object Number: B60J966
On Display: No

Description

Label: During the 1800s and 1900s, the lohan in a grotto motif followed a formula: rocks, trees, creepers, mist, and water. This example, carved of Manasi jade with purple inclusions and white mottling, depicts a lohan seated in a shallow cave with an overhanging rock. He is shaded by a pine tree growing along the right side; its gnarled roots clinging to the rocks below, and lingzhi fungus sprouts along its trunk. The lohan wears monk's robes, with one shoulder bare, and holds a scroll in his hands. Except for a few creases on his forehead that indicate his age, he has no identifiable characteristics. An incense burner with the smoke going sideways (an indication of bad planning on the part of the craftworker) and a book sit on the low ledge, which serves as a table. Strands of creepers dangle unnaturally from the rocks above. Between the ledge and the outcropping that supports the figure flows a little stream, its spray curling up in "ginger- shoot" waves below. On the reverse is a simpler rock formation; the pine branches extend from the front and a few clouds rise from the right side.

More Information

Exhibition History: Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010
Label: During the 1800s and 1900s, the lohan in a grotto motif followed a formula: rocks, trees, creepers, mist, and water. This example, carved of Manasi jade with purple inclusions and white mottling, depicts a lohan seated in a shallow cave with an overhanging rock. He is shaded by a pine tree growing along the right side; its gnarled roots clinging to the rocks below, and lingzhi fungus sprouts along its trunk. The lohan wears monk's robes, with one shoulder bare, and holds a scroll in his hands. Except for a few creases on his forehead that indicate his age, he has no identifiable characteristics. An incense burner with the smoke going sideways (an indication of bad planning on the part of the craftworker) and a book sit on the low ledge, which serves as a table. Strands of creepers dangle unnaturally from the rocks above. Between the ledge and the outcropping that supports the figure flows a little stream, its spray curling up in "ginger- shoot" waves below. On the reverse is a simpler rock formation; the pine branches extend from the front and a few clouds rise from the right side.
Exhibition History: Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010