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Arhat Kanakavatsa
SMV 77-7-32
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This fireguilded bronze statue of Sino-Tibetan style represents the Arhat Kanakavatsa (tib. Serbe'u; chin. Jianuojiafacuo), resting at ease in the position called Lilasana on a throne, which is covered by a sitting carpet. The monastic robes draped loosely, falling in gracefully pleated folds are covering both legs and are hanging over the edge of the throne. The loop of jewels, which he was holding in his hands, is missing. The base and back side of the pedestal bear Tibetan inscriptions. The craftsmanship of this object is of exquisite quality. The expression and sensitive features of this statue are of unusual harmony and tenderness.

History of the Object
This bronze belonged to the collection of the Honorary Consul of India, Robert Gedon. It was acquired together with the rest of his collection in 1977. It was shown in a number of exhibitions and publications on Tibetan art.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
bronze, fireguilded 
Measurements
Width 35 cm Height 51 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Tibet 
Geography
China; Tibet 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
15th Century; ca. 
Function
Statues like this one belonged to a row of depictions of the sixteen Arhats which are often shown along the eastern and western walls of the main hall of temples. Famous examples of the Arhats of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in China proper are seen on the Wutaishan mountains or in the Yonghegong temple in Beijing. 
Acquisition
Acquired by purchase in 1977. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Germany 
Museum
Five Continents Museum, Munich 
Credit line
State Museum of Ethnology, Munich, Germany 

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