Lohans bestowing alms on suffering human beings

五百羅漢圖軸:施財貧者 (周季常)

Chinese
Southern Song dynasty
about 1178
Zhou Jichang (Chinese, second half of 12th century)


Dimensions

Image: 111.5 x 53.1 cm (43 7/8 x 20 7/8 in.) Overall: 163.2 x 64 x 4.4 cm (64 1/4 x 25 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

95.4

Medium or Technique

Ink and color on silk

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Provenance

13th century, taken from China to Japan and deposited at the temple Jufukuji, Kamakura; transferred by the Hojo family to Soun-ji, Hakone; 1590, removed from Hakone by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (b. 1536 - d. 1598) and presented to the temple Hoko-ji, Kyoto. Late 16th century, became the property of the temple Daitoku-ji, Kyoto; 1895, sold by the temple Daitoku-ji to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 17, 1895)

NOTE:
This is one of ten Chinese paintings that were lent to the MFA in 1894 by the temple Daitoku-ji and sold in 1895 to raise funds for temple repairs. For more information on their provenance, see Wu Tung, "Tales from the land of dragons: 1000 years of Chinese painting" (Boston: MFA, 1997), pp. 160-161, cat. nos. 34-43.

Credit Line

General Funds