Luohan (Disciple of the Buddha)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

11th century

Marble with traces of painted decoration

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

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 233, Asian Art, second floor

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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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