Lohans watching the distribution of the relics

五百羅漢圖軸:觀舍利光 (周季常)

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


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.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink and color on silk

Not On View






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)

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