Friday Museum Sketches
Today’s museum sketch are from two rubbings of a series that were on display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum depicting the Eighteen Arhats (or Lohans) attributed to the monk Guan Xiu. The one on the top is Pantha the Younger (pinyin: Zhùchá Bàntu?ji? Z?nzh?) and the one on the bottom is Kanaka the Vasta (pinyin: Ji?nuòji? Fácu? Z?nzh?)
Regrettably they weren’t there long enough as I was very much taken in by them. The control of the line to create these marvelous grotesques made me think of Guan Xiu as an ancient Chinese version of Basil Wolverton.