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清 孔雀石葉廣羅漢山子
Seated luohan (arhat) in a grotto

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Malachite
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Classification:
Hardstone
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.136
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
Inscription: Inscribed, upper right "Poem on the Luohan Yeguang" possibly by Qianlong; calligraphy by Yeguang (11th son of Qianlong)

Translation of poem inscribed in corner:
"Poem on the Luohan Yeguang" by the Emperor
Several thousand years passed in the facing the wall.
Mount Sumero* is like a Kshana**
True void comes to the ocean of life
And the kalpa of the sages settles along the Ganges.
The free moon is my light and glory,
A simple flower makes by rich silks
I have none that I desire
Content I sit on the high snowy peak.
Calligraphy reverently executed by Yongxing"

*Axis of the universe
**1/90th of thought or 1/4500 of a minute
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich, CT (until d. 1921)
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