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An Arhat in the Forest

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: 18th century
Medium: ink on paper
Sight: 11 1/2 x 54 1/8 in. (29.2 x 137.5 cm)
Framed: 14 5/8 x 57 5/8 x 3/4 in. (37.1 x 146.4 x 1.9 cm)
Classification: Visual Works
Credit Line: Gift of Steven J. Figiel in memory of Jane Elizabeth Figiel
Object number: 2005.27.9
DescriptionThis painting is executed in a horizontal handscroll format. It appears to have been inspired by a painting, attributed to Fan-long, who was active in the 12th century during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Arhat, or Lohan, were Buddhist sages, who retreated from involvement in earthly matters and focused their entire being on the attainment of nirvana or true enlightenment. This particular painting is very delicately handled. The shading is used to suggest the gnarled branches and bark of centuries old trees. The rocks, also timeless, are built in successive layers by the artist to suggest perspective and depth. In the center of the painting, a solitary Lohan leans against a tree - his only companions are the deer seated and standing around him.
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