Tibet, unidentified arhats (2)

15th century, Tibet, arhat, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The only arhat described as an elderly man with a goatee is Bhadra, who normally does the gesture of turning the wheel of dharma with both hands. The above holds a long-life vase and another object.

16th century, arhat, Tibet, gilt copper alloy and pigment, same as before.

Several arhats may hold a manuscript,  but the prayer wheel in the left hand doesn’t correspond to standard iconography.

Undated, arhat, bronze (copper alloy), at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This old and curious sculpture depicts an arhat holding a small elephant in his left hand. The tiny lion attached to the base points to Chudapantaka, who normally has both hands in the meditation gesture.

16th century circa, Tibet, arhat, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This remarkable work also departs from any standard arhat iconography. The right hand seems to have held a manuscript, a bowl or an incense burner.

 

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