Yoshihide (Hoshu) (1868-1912)

circa 1900

A seated rakan arhat sits with one knee raised

A seated rakan (arhat) sits with one knee raised and resting on a reishi fungus staff as he leans forward to read a scroll unfurled at his feet. His brows are pulled together in a frown of concentration and his lips are parted.

His face is angular and emaciated and hooped earrings hang from his heavy-lobed ears. The simple robe draped over one shoulder bears a design of stylised waves and spray, the water droplets carved in ukibori. Although well-known for his inlays in various materials, this piece has none.

A seated rakan arhat sits with one knee raised
A seated rakan arhat sits with one knee raised
A seated rakan arhat sits with one knee raised

Signed: Yoshihide
Height: 3.1cm

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