Tibet, Gopaka, Kalika, Abheda (2)

14th century, Tibet, Abheda, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Astamangala.

Abheda is the arhat who holds a stupa in both hands.

18th century, Tibet, Gopaka, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Gopaka normally holds a manuscript with both hands, as above.

18th-19th century, arhat, gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum in London (UK).

An inscription on the back of this sculpture tells us that it is devoted to Gopaka. The relatively recent date of the work may explain why it departs from the traditional iconography.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Kalika, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Kalika is the arhat who holds one or two gold loops. The above holds a large one with both hands.

18th century, Tibet, same as before.

This more recent one holds a smaller hoop with a beaded pendant in each hand.

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