An Arhat, a Buddhist Saint

Date: 14th century

Culture: Tibet

Medium: Stone with color

Dimensions: H. 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Donald J. and Polly Bruckmann, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.93

Description

An arhat (“venerable”) holds the highest rank in the Buddhist hierarchy, immediately below a Buddha. This bearded saint is seated in a yogic posture and holds an opened handscroll, as if preaching. This sculpture has a startling naturalism, suggestive of a portrait from life.

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