Four Luohan with Attendants, Tigers, and Supplicant

This painting portrays four haloed luohan figures, it likely comes from a set of four hanging scrolls featuring a total of sixteen luohan. The fine furniture and architecture in this painting locate the scene in an official’s garden. The painting’s architectural elements create two distinct cells in which the luohan are engaged in preparing incense, taming tigers, and feeding birds from an alms bowl. Here the luohan enjoy the comforts of an aristocrat’s life.

Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Lu Lengjia (active 730-760)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W: 244.9 x 67 cm (96 7/16 x 26 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2000.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
attendant, bell, Buddhism, China, drum, garden, incense, portrait, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), tiger, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

This painting portrays four haloed luohan figures, it likely comes from a set of four hanging scrolls featuring a total of sixteen luohan. The fine furniture and architecture in this painting locate the scene in an official's garden. The painting's architectural elements create two distinct cells in which the luohan are engaged in preparing incense, taming tigers, and feeding birds from an alms bowl. Here the luohan enjoy the comforts of an aristocrat's life.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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