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Stone Seated Arhat
Stone Seated Arhat, H 38.5, Late Joseon Dynasty, Magoksa Temple
Seated Arhat made of Stone, Height 38.5 cm, Late Joseon Dynasty, Magoksa Temple
The Arhat is a being who has overcome the negative emotions, and found freedom. Arhat means “foe destroyer.” He has defeated the foe of the kleshas (the negative emotions of hate, attachment, and ignorance). He holds the ferocious lion like a pet. This symbolizes that he has tamed the wild lion of his mind.