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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 210
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) bequeathed to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," June 16, 2012–January 6, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection," March 14, 2015–June 19, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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