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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
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other Number:GETZ 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.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 35, No. 18View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no.65View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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.. New York. American Association of Dealers of Ancient, Oriental and Primitive Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 242View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] M. Knoedler & Co. 1914. Catalogue of early Chinese paintings of the T'ang, Sung and Yuan dynasties A.D. 600-1400.. New York. Goerck Art Press. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 19View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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