Tibet, Ajita and Vanavasin

16th century, Tibet, arhat Ajita, gilt metal,

16th century, Tibet, arhat Ajita, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This arhat is usually depicted with both hands in the meditation mudra and with his head covered.

Undated, Tibet, arhat Vanavasin, copper alloy, same as before.

Undated, Tibet, arhat Vanavasin, copper alloy, same as before.

Vanavasin does a pointing gesture with one hand and holds a fly whisk in the other. It is unusual for an arhat to be squatting, they normally sit with one or both legs folded.

 

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3 thoughts on “Tibet, Ajita and Vanavasin

    • She doesn’t look like a Buddhist goddess. Buddhist goddesses have their legs folded in the lotus position, or one leg folded and the other pendant or unfolded before them. She looks rather like a female devotee/worshipper. She seems to inspire you a lot, perhaps she is an aspect of yourself?!
      Best regards.

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