Carving: Lohan (Rakan) Tama Badra


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Artifact Identification Carving: Lohan (Rakan) Tama Badra   (1999.13.0015A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 14.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 7.1 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 6.6 cm
Weight 136 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Strong Brown (2.5YR 3/6) -Top of head. Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Cheeks. Deep Reddish Brown (10R 2/6) -Loin cloth back.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A fine Chinese boxwood (huangyang) carving of the ascetic (Lohan - one of 500 Buddhist Disciples)
Tama Badra, an emaciated skeletal figure, in seated position, 18th C., 6"H

Wood has been very important in Chinese life. There is no essential difference between the elements of design for decorative woodcarvings and any other Chinese decorative art. The embroideries, ceramics, metalwares all show many similar designs and patterns, modified to suit the material, Chinese design in art woodcarvings shows great fertility in invention of ornament, with great use having been made of symbolism, mythical and /or religious meaning. Wood is the second of the five Elements and corresponds to the first and second of the Ten Celestial Stems." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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