Religious Figure / Buddhist Elder



A stout wooden figure, possibly of an arhat or Buddhist Elder. He sits in the mediation position, his hands rest in his lap, there is a peg that suggests an object rested in his hands, but this has been removed, making it difficult to identify the figure. He wears flowing robes with a decorative collar and a kirtimukha belt, in his ears are two large earrings, traces of decoration in gold can be seen over the robes, face and hat. He has a long pointed beard and his long hair is divided into several sections that are looped together to create two lengths. He wears a Chinese scholar's scarf-style hat. The base is carved with a double dorje and a central square has been chiselled out (possibly to create a cavity).