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    Sale 2278

    Highlights from the Star Collection: From India to Indonesia

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1215

    A gilt bronze figure of an Arhat


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    A gilt bronze figure of an Arhat
    Tibet, 17th century
    The emaciated Arhat wearing a robe draped across his shoulder and seated on a square cushion, holding a jeweled lasso in his hands, his face with peaceful expression and polychromy remaining on face and hair, inscribed on the back of the base
    5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high

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    The inscription on verso of the base identifies this figure as the Arhat Kanakavatsa, and places it fourth from center on the right side. This sculpture thus belongs to a set of twenty-five figures comprising the Buddha, two close disciples, the sixteen Arhats, two attendants, and the Guardians of the Four Directions. The Sixteen Arhats, or Elders, are Buddhist saints representing the earliest followers of the Buddha, and each has a standard iconographic form in artistic representation. Arhat Kanakavatsa typically holds a jeweled lasso, as in the present example, which is said to be a gift of the nagas.


    Private collection, Europe, 1980s