Tibet, Ajita

 

18th century, Tibet, arhat Ajita, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

This arhat is easy to identify because his hands are both in the meditation gesture and his cloak covers his head, two features corresponding to Ajita.

Same as before, photo by Bonhams.

Most sculptures of arhats are relatively late and depict them with several layers of warm clothes, draped in the Chinese fashion.

Same as before, photo by Bonhams.

It is most unusual for him not to have his head covered, however, he is the only arhat whose hands are always held in the meditation gesture and therefore this is probably a portrait of Ajita.

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