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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
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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