Buddha’s original 16 disciples were monks called Arhats in Theravada Buddhism and Lohans in Mahayana Buddhism and 2 more were added in the Tang Dynasty. Referred to as “Worthy Ones,” Lohans are enlightened beings and revered monks who introduced Mahayana Buddhism along the Silk Roads. Through their Buddhist practices of spirituality and asceticism, they achieved enlightenment and were no longer subject to rebirths but choose to not enter nirvana and remain as guardians to preserve Buddhist teachings and protect the Buddhist faith. On his death bed, Shakyamuni entrusted them to protect, guard and spread the dharma and continue as guardians of Buddhism until the arrival of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future when they would then enter nirvana. Images of the 18 Lohan depicted in poses of intense focus and meditation are usually placed as guardians along the wall in the main hall of Buddhist temples sometimes accompanied by 500 or more lesser Lohans to protect temple visitors, foster meditation and serve as models of virtue for devotees to emulate. They also appear in Popular Religion Temples. Unlike other temple deities and Bodhisattvas Lohans are not worshipped or offered prayers or requests but are viewed as a benign protective presence.

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  • Antique Large Lohan, Probably Bodhidharma, China (16436B-WHKE) $7300

    H: 27.5”  W: 12.75”  D: 9.75” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This exceptional, masterfully crafted, rare Ming or early Qing woodcarving is an image of the heavily bearded lohan Bodhidharma. As it is similar in size, robes and carving style as the wooden lohan (16436A), it is likely carved by the same artist and displayed among other lohan together. Both images display brilliant treatment of the bone structure, facial features and elaborate natural drapery of the robes and have wonderful warm patina with much of the original lacquer and polychrome remaining.



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  • Antique Rare Large Lohan with Hands in Reverence, China (16436A-WHKE)

    H: 28.25  W: 12.75”  D: 9.75” | FOR SHIPPING and pricing INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Although a Buddhist image, as a lohan this carving is portrayed as a real person with very individual, distinctive, and un-idealized features.  His benevolent youthful face sweetly smiling face with downcast eyes is an image of compassion, wisdom and peace.This exceptional, beautifully crafted rare 17-18th century Ming/Qing large Lohan is from the same Buddhist site as the foreign-born heavy bearded Lohan Bodhidharma, and the same artist may have carved both. We recommend displaying them together.

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  • Antique Wood and Lacquer Hooded Monk (Lohan), China (16098BSK) $595

    H: 13.25”  W: 7.5”  D: 6.25” | FREE SHIPPING

    This finely carved Lohan carved to be viewed on all sides sits in meditation his serene expression of inward concentration enhanced with his downcast eyes. He wears a hooded robe with a traditional shoulder ring and a cowl at the neck and wide sleeves that drapes to the base.  His highly decorated robes with gilt highlights are unusual, as Lohans generally wear unadorned monastic robes. This image is more youthful rather than a traditional  elderly monk.


  • Antique Wood and Lacquer Monk (Lohan), China (16241BHK) $785

    H: 14.25”  W: 7.125”  D: 4.875” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This finely carved seated Lohan from Fukien Province has a characteristic serene expression of inward concentration and is seated on a backless plinth, hands in meditation and legs in padmasana. His oversized head and pendulous ears symbolize his wisdom as an enlightened being, and his angular face with deeply set heavily lidded eyes, protruding cheekbones, pursed lips, and a strong chin indicate his strength as a Lohan. An elaborate robe with wide sleeves is draped over his shoulders, arms, and legs and his sash is pulled through a wide shoulder ring indicating his status as a Lohan.


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