East Asian Art
BowlMade in Japan, Asia
Meiji Period (1868-1912), Late 19th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gilt decoration (Kutani ware), teakwood cover
Currently not on view
1897-190,aThe General Hector Tyndale Memorial Collection, 1897
LabelRakan is the Japanese name for the disciples of the Buddha, around whom a cult developed in China. The Buddha is said to have entrusted these sixteen disciples with the protection of the Buddhist law. They are frequently depicted with their identifying attributes, such as a book or a tiger. Because the Rakan were originally from India, they are often shown with exaggerated, non-Japanese features.