Figure of a Lohan of porcellanous stoneware. Made in China, Ming Dynasty, Chenghua period (1465-87), dated by inscription to 1484.
4 ft 2 in x 2 ft 2 1/2 in x 17 in
Tonying, dealer; from whom purchased by John Sparks Ltd.; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 17 April 1944, £350; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1944.
John Sparks Ltd., Day Book 1943 p.332, 31 December 1943, stock no.(T)PW.229: Seated life-sized figure of a Lohan, with green & yellow glazes. Ming'. [The letter T in the stock no. signifies Tonying].
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1944(1), p.78: ‘One exceptionally fine old porcelaneous stoneware figure of a seated Lohan, one of Buddha's disciples, wearing a green robe with yellow border and seated on a green and yellow rockwork base, the head unglazed. Height 4ft 2" width 2ft. Ming Dynasty 1368-1644AD’.