The cream-coloured soapstone luohan figure is carved in the round seated with one leg raised wearing loose-fitting robes accented with incised and gilt banded borders and further enhanced with inlaid stones. The luohan, its face expressing serenity and compassion, holds a lion in his arms.
A similar example of a luohan and animal group with a raised leg is illustrated in Arts of the Scholar’s Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, pp. 160–161, Catalogue No. 135.