Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shakyamuni Buddha - with Sixteen Elders (Arhats)

ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ། 释迦牟尼佛
(item no. 30637)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Shakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Elders, the central composition from a set of seven paintings.

At the center of the composition is Shakyamuni Buddha. At the two sides of the Buddha stand the two principal disciples, Shariputra on the Buddha's right and Maudgalyayana on the left. They both stand and hold a kakkara staff in the right hand and a black beginning bowl in the left.

At the top center is Amitabha Buddha, red in colour, with the the hands folded in a meditation gesture. At the top left is Angaja. On the right is Bakula. The remaining fourteen arhats are divided between the other six compositions.

Along the bottom of the painting are four protector deities. Starting at the bottom left is Shadbhuja Mahakala, followed by yellow Vaishravana Riding a Lion, Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo riding a mule and Yama Dharmaraja with a buffalo head and standing atop a buffalo.

Jeff Watt 7-2013

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Tradition: Gelug Protectors (Composition Examples)
Collection: Christie's. July New Additions