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Luohan (Disciple of the Buddha)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Geography:
Made in China, Asia

Period:
Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Date:
11th century

Medium:
Marble with traces of painted decoration

Dimensions:
15 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (40.4 x 22.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1927-20-5

Credit Line:
Gift of Benjamin R. Hoffman, 1927

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Luohans, or arhats, are disciples of the Buddha and guardians of Buddhist Law. They are enlightened beings, no longer bounded by the cycle of reincarnation. Since the Northern Song dynasty, certain luohans began to be portrayed with a tamed tiger, possibly as a token of their supernatural powers.

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