KANGXI 1662 – 1722. Chinese Export Porcelain

A Rare Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Figure Modelled as a Young Lohan, Standing on a Waisted Base, Holding a Sacred Book in His Hands.


Some restoration ; the head has been re-stuck and a finger with the corner of the book are also restored.
Height : 20 cm (8 inches).
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This rare figure would have originally been from a set of Lohans which could possibly have included as many as 18 figures in total. The only other Kangxi blue and white figures we have seen are the rare figures of `Nobody` after the English Delftware originals and a figure that appeared to have come from the same set as the present example, we sold that figure many years ago. Blue and white porcelain figures were popular during the late Ming dynasty, single figures as well as groups were produced, probably the best known of these are the models of standing boys holding lotus flowers. Wucai and Famille Verte figures from the Kangxi period are also well know, but blue and white figures are extremely rare. The present model depicts a young Lohan with a book in his hands, this could possibly represent Nandimitra who is supposed to be represented with a book, but is also supposed to have two other attributes, an arms bowl and a incense vase.

Lohan Arhat :
A Lohan is the Chinese word used for a Buddhist Arhat, one who has followed the Eightfold Path and has achieved deliverance of this earthly existence. These holy Buddhist monks attained a form of sainthood through quite but rigorous religious study and good deeds. Most were loyal disciples of the Buddha who were called on to carry the faith abroad. Originally there were 16 Lohan but the Chinese added two during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), however there were as many as 500 lesser lohan. They are often depicted as having Indian features and are rather indomitable-looking, usually they carry their own specific attribute. Lohans are well-known for their great wisdom, courage and supernatural power. Due to their abilities to ward off the evil, Lohans have became guardian angels of the Buddhist temples.