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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2015.27
Title
Nahan (Chinese, Luohan) Standing in a Landscape Viewing an Ink-Painted Scroll Depicting a Seated Bodhisattva While Assisted by an Elderly Male Attendant
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
18th-early 19th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Period
Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
Culture
Korean
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/197973
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Section of a hanging scroll mounted on a panel and framed; ink and colors on paper
Dimensions
painting proper: H. 49.8 x W. 46 cm (19 5/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
frame: H. 71.8 x W. 61 cm (28 1/4 x 24 in.)
Provenance
John M. Lyden, New York, (1965-1987). [Kang Collection, New York (by 1995)], sold; Ralph C Marcove, New York (1995-2001), inherited; by Christina J. Marcove, New York (2001-2015), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Christina Marcove and Laura Marcove Hoffman in honor of Robert D. Mowry
Accession Year
2015
Object Number
2015.27
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This painting is mounted and framed as a discrete album leaf. Done in ink and colors on paper, the painting, which might originally have been mounted as a hanging scroll, presumably came from a larger set of multiples, each representing an arhat (Korean: nahan; Chinese: luohan) -- saintly, enlightened beings who protect the Buddhist faith. This painting depicts an arhat clad in a pink monk’s robe, embellished with a red sash and a green cape, standing at the left edge of the composition beside a tall blue-and-green rock and beneath an old, gnarled tree branch with red and green foliage. A halo encircles the arhat's head. Dressed in a russet robe and wearing a black hat with long ribbons trailing at the back, an attendant stands at the right edge of the composition. The attendant holds the upper edge of a hanging scroll, which the arhat is unrolling. The scroll, which represents an ink painting and which is mounted in red and black, represents a bodhisattva seated on a rock. A green rock occupies the lower left corner of the composition; the even-toned green ground that traverses the foreground fades away in the middle and backgrounds to suggest distant space.
Exhibition History

Paragons of Wisdom and Virtue: East Asian Figure Painting, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1997 - 09/21/1997

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/17/2017 - 05/08/2017

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