Lot 735. A blue and white figure of a seated luohan, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1619). Height 8 in., 20.3 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot Sold 40,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
well modeled, the figure seated in dhyanasana atop a tall, slightly waisted rockwork pedestal, one hand holding a flame symbol, the other at the waist pulling the edge of the long voluminous sleeve closer to the body, the loose robes falling in rhythmic folds around the body, the head with rounded contours in benign meditative pose, the close shaven head, downcast eyes and thick brows all picked out in underglaze blue, the overall glaze with a bluish tint pooling in the recesses to pale blue-green.
Note: A similarly decorated related figure of Budai, from the Edward T. Chow Collection, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th May 1981, lot 417. Another figure of Budai with underglaze blue decoration on the robe and pedestal sold in our Paris rooms, 27th June 2001, lot 201. See also a figure of a boy, attributed to the Wanli period, included in the exhibition and illustrated in The Fame of Flame Imperial Wares of the Jiajing and Wanli Periods, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2009, cat. no. 105.