Lot 115. A polychromed limestone figure of a Luohan, Late Tang-Song dynasty. Height 37 1/4 in., 94.6 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 92,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's
carved rigidly upright with bare feet together on a waisted lotus plinth, his fleshy face with heavily lidded eyes and full lips, his right hand holding a pearl at chest level, his left hand straight by his side holding an attribute, clad in monastic robes loosely draped and falling in a cascade of folds, traces of red, black, green and gold pigments remaining.
Note: A similar example of identical height, dated to the Tang dynasty, is illustrated by Osvald Siren, Kinesiska och Japanska Skulpturer och Malningar, Nationalmuseum, Malmo, 1931, pl. 25. A smaller example also dated to the Tang dynasty and illustrated by Siren, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, Bangkok, 1998, pl. 371B.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012