Tibet, Pantaka

17th century, Tibet, Pantaka, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

A traditional protrait of this arhat, with a book in one hand and the other doing the gesture of debate or teaching (vitarka mudra).

Undated, arhat, Tibet, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Same iconography, although the head is a different shape.

18th century, Tibet, Pantaka, zitan wood and cold gold, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Here, he holds the book in the left hand and does the mudra with the other.

He wears a meditation cloak decorated with a gold floral motif.

 

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