Nahan


Artist
Yi Dae'u (Korean, active circa late 19th-early 20th century)
Date
circa 1900
Medium
Ink, color on paper
Dimensions
Image : 47 1/4 x 13 in. (1.2 m x 33.02 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2014.7

Label
Nahan is the Korean term for a category of Buddhist sages who have vowed to protect and transmit the Buddha’s teachings to future generations. As here, nahan are often depicted as monks with knobby skulls and intense facial expressions. Not much is known about the artist Yi Dae’u, but from the inscription above the figure he seems to have been affiliated with a Buddhist temple near Seoul, Korea. His painting style is similar to styles that were popular in China and Japan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, suggesting that he may have spent time traveling or living in those countries.

Object Type
Painting