photographed 11/11/2020
photographed 11/11/2020

Nahan and Dragon

Korean (Korean)
18th century
Ink, color on silk
Image : 25 x 13 1/4 in. (63.5 x 33.66 cm)
Frame : 43 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (1.1 m x 75.57 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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Nahan is the Korean name for Buddhist saints who have achieved enlightenment and vowed to protect the Buddha’s teachings and transmit them to future generations. They are often depicted as ascetic monks, sitting in meditation with intense facial expressions. This painting probably once belonged to a set of either sixteen or eighteen nahan images and was likely made to hang in the meditation hall of a Buddhist temple. The colorful brushwork reflects a style that was brought to Korea from China by Buddhist monks in the 14th century.

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