Lot 822. A pair of polychrome and gilt-decorated stucco figures of luohan, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century; Each: 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm.) high, composite standsEstimate USD 4,000 – USD 6,000. Unsold. © Christie's 2023

Each luohan is shown seated in three-quarters profile on a rocky base and wearing layered robes painted in red, green, black and white with gilt borders. The faces are detailed in black and red pigment and the heads are encircled by red-painted wire halos.

ProvenanceJ. J. Lally & Co., New York, no. 2327.

Note: Vairocana is considered to be the Great Solar Buddha of Light and Truth, and is the Bliss Body of the historical Buddha in Buddhist Law. Vairocana is also considered one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, also known as the Five Wisdom Tathagatas, which are representations of the five qualities of the Buddha. Unlike other Buddhas, Vairocana is often depicted with an elaborate five-tiered crown, as seen on the present Buddha.

Christie's. J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 23.03.2023