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)
[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. 242