Chinese porcelain blue and white bombé censer with single rib, gently flared rim and slightly everted foot, painted on the body with four seated lohans, each on an oval rug, two with fly whisks, one with a sceptre and one with his hands together in prayer, the four characters a mi tuo fo, beneath a key-fret and jewelled band.

7 3/4 inches, 19.6 cm diameter.

The underside with a six-character mark of Chenghua within an anhua single ring, Kangxi, circa 1690.


  • Formerly in an English private collection.
  • A smaller example was included by Marchant in their exhibition The Bertil J. Högström Collection, Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain, 2011, no. 10, pp. 22-23.
  • A censer of this form painted with the ‘Eighteen Lohans’ bearing a Kangxi reign mark and date corresponding to 1695 in The Shanghai Museum Collection is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Underglaze Blue and Red, no. 114, p. 118.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics and Works of Art, 2013, no. 11, pp. 26-27.
  • A mi tuo fo is the Chinese name of Amitâbha, the Buddha of Infinite Light. Chanting the name of Buddha Amitâbha is a practice to achieve enlightenment.
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