A Pair Of Famille Rose ‘Louhan’ Dishes

Qianlong Period 1735-1795. Qing Dynasty.

Porcelain, overglaze enamels.

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China.

D: 22.5cm

•  The ‘Gaston de Ramaix’ collection, Château de Grune, Belgium.
•   Maurice de Ramaix (1850-1918), a Belgian diplomat and politician, and his son Gaston (1878-1937), built a collection of Chinese porcelain.

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A pair of famille rose dishes depicting six louhans in the centre next to a rocky mountain edge, below a dragon peering its head out of swirling clouds.

‘Luohan’ is the Chinese word for a Buddhist monk who has gained the highest level of spiritual attainment, achieved through meditation and practice of the dharma, the Buddha’s teaching on the nature of Reality. Louhans are the protectors of Buddhism who kept its practices alive between the time of Shakyamuni’s death and the advent of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future.