|Date Range||1600 - 1699|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
Kanakavatsa, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, ser be'u. Sanskrit: Sthavira Kanakavatsa, English: the Golden Calf): the 7th arhat from the set of 16 great arhats. He holds a jeweled lasso in the hands - a gift of the nagas.
"In the excellent land of Kashmir is the noble elder Kanakavatsa, surrounded by 500 arhats; homage to the One holding a jewel lasso." (Sakya liturgical verse).
The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. The full group would include the Buddha Shakyamuni accompanied by the two foremost disciples, the sixteen arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.
Jeff Watt 9-2016