Arhat Gopaka
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Orientation 2
Display 4

ABS 081

 Code: ABS 081

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1350 - 1450

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.7 x 8.3 x 6.2

  Materials: Brass

Hollow cast in one piece.
The monastic garment is decorated with chased floral and linear patterns.
The bottom of the pedestal has a broad rim with the center section sealed with a copper plate.
The unidentified monk with facial expressions of a portrait like nature is seated in an unconventional attitude on a double lotus and holds in the hands outstretched in the front a manuscript. He is clad with a voluminous array of monastic garments (tricivara).
The fact that the monk is seated on a lotus pedestal is an indication that this image was likely cast after he had deceased, whereas images of monks made during their life-time are usually either depicted on cushion or in the case of early images sometimes rendered without any pedestal at all.