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Posted 2 years ago


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This was given to me when my grandad died, and while i have no idea how old it is, i do know it to be at LEAST 50 years old.
It is quite heavy, (scales broken, sorry) and 19cm tall and 9cm wide.
The stone is a hard stone, although what type, again not too sure.
Any ideas about country of origin or anything like that would be great.
I have placed this in the Chinese category, simply because that is my best guess.
Thanks guys :p

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  1. stigofthedump, 2 years ago
    I forgot to mention that any information about how best to clean it would be great.
  2. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    He is sitting on a foo dog-Believed to protect
    Here is a similar one
    cheers Rose
  3. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    I clean stone and soapstone with warm water and toothbrush-Then I dust weekly with a small paintbrush in the crevices-
  4. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi stig, your figure would seem to be an Arhat, or Lohan, based on his emaciated rib cage. According to tradition, there were originally only 16 lohans. Two were added to the list by the Chinese in the Tang Dynasty. In earlier Theravada Buddhism, the Arhat, translated into Chinese as Lohan, is one who has followed the Eightfold Path and has achieved deliverance of this earthly existence. Near starvation is part of the discipline. The significance of the figure seated on a shishi lion I do not know, except that the lions are considered guardians or protectors. You can find a few images of "Chinese Lohan" via search engines. Here is an earlier posting on CW of the Chinese Star God Shou seated on a lion:

    Also a like figure of the Chinese goddess of mercy Quan Yin:

    Best wishes, Jim
  5. stigofthedump, 2 years ago
    Wow, such great information, thanks ever so much guys.I now know where to continue my research, and to clean. Cheers all.
  6. stigofthedump, 2 years ago
    You guys are brilliant! I now think that after 40 or so years, I have a name for my little man. I believe he might be Jìngu? Luóhàn ????, the Arhat Who Carries Fruit . It's possible that he is not, and is in fact another one, but it seemed to maybe be a kumquat or some small fruit he might be holding.I still have absolutely no idea how old this statue is though, and wondered if you might be able to point me in the right direction to establish age, maybe a link to a another site or some pointers? I'll continue to do my own research, but i can't thank you all enough, I have always loved him, and now I think I know his name. :)
  7. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    There is a possibility that your figure is resin based composition rather than stone.
    Take a look at the following, especially Hotei on the right:

    If you want to check, you can run a test as follows: Using pliers, force the eye end of a large needle into a wine cork. Using a candle, heat the point of the needle to a red heat. Force the tip against the bottom of the figure where it will not show. Examine with a magnifier. Resin will be penetrated and leave a small crater surrounding the hole. Stone, ivory and bone will not be marked.
    Good luck, Jim

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