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

The Arhat Gopaka

With mature features and bushy eyebrows, this monk sits on a lotus throne, crossing his feet in front of his seat. He is dressed in heavy monastic garments. With both hands, he presents a text in Tibetan format. All these details identify him as the Arhat or "meritorious" Gopaka, one of the first sixteen followers of the historical Buddha. The worship of the sixteen Arhats, also known as elders, originated in China, which explains the Chinese stylistic influence. This statue was probably part of a series depicting the sixteen disciples around the Buddha.