Handaka Sonja, a Lohan (disciple of Buddha), shown with his attribute, the dragon

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Handaka Sonja, a Lohan (disciple of Buddha), shown with his attribute, the dragon. Woodcut in the manner of an ink stone rubbing, China, 18 – ?. Lohans are followers of the Buddha who reached enlightenment, but have not yet attained the higher state of nirvana. Lohan is the Chinese name, Arhat is the Sanskrit form and Rakan is the Japanese. They were chosen by the Buddha to remain in this world as immortals, in order to preserve the teachings and help all sentient beings. Each Lohan is depicted seated on a rock holding a different attribute. Created between 1800 and 1899?. Arhats. Buddhist art and symbolism. Work ID: e4q3ypay.

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