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Arhat: Hvashang Iconography

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Hvashang is a human figure, often dark in complexion with the right or left hand holding a crystal 'mala,' a garland of beads for counting prayers. In the right or left hand he can hold a bowl of precious substances as an offering to the arhats, or a single peach. Adorned with opulent robes, sometimes earrings, he is seated in a casual fashion. The key iconographic features are his portly size and the bead mala, which can be in either hand, along with a bald head and leisurely posture, surrounded by numerous small children sporting and playing.

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Jeff Watt 1-2021

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).