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Object TitleLuohan
Object Number: C125
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Maker: Li Fan
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1912
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 65 - Other Number


One of a pair of paintings of a figures (see C126), this paitning is of a luohan or possibly Laozi. The artist is Li Fan 李蕃 (藩) of Huating county, formerly Sonjiang. He was active during the Qing Dynasty, circa 1740 CE, based on dated paintings with a similar subject matter. The inscription reads: 曇花拈去頤旁鮮, 貝子拾来掌上圓 "Pluck a Tuan blossom (and smell); even cheeks refreshed. Pick up a shell smoothened in the plum." Colophon by Sun Chun. Colophon implies figure's disinterest in worldly affairs and his concerns with the beauty of nature. Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Harrison Chinese Rotunda Inaugural Exhibition ( Feb 1916)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 35, No. 18View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no.65View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[Book] Ferguson, John C. 1916. Illustrated catalogue of antique Chinese bronzes, porcelains, pottery, tomb jades and rare old Chinese paintings belonging to the well-known connoisseur Dr. John C. Ferguson. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 242View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[Catalogue] M. Knoedler & Co. 1914. Catalogue of early Chinese paintings of the T'ang, Sung and Yuan dynasties A.D. 600-1400. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 19View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference

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