Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Arhat/Sthavira (Buddhist Elder) - 16 Elders: Pindola Bharadvaja

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 31511)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Arhat

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Pindola Bharadvaja, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, bha ra dva dza so nyom len, Sanskrit: Sthavira Pindola Bharadvaja): the 12th arhat from the set of sixteen great arhats, principal students of the buddha Shakyamuni. This composition belongs to a twenty-three painting set. Each composition tells a brief life story with three to five narrative vignettes accompanied by short inscriptions.

Tibetan: Neten Bharadhvadza Sonyomlen (gnas brtan bha ra dhva dza bsod snyoms len).

"On the Eastern [continent] of Purva-Videha is the noble elder Pindola Bharadvaja, surrounded by 1,100 arhats; homage to the One holding a book and begging bowl." (Sakya liturgical text).

The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. The full group would include the buddha Shakyamuni, the 16 arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions - Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.

Jeff Watt 10-2000

Secondary Images
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Collection: Bonhams on HAR
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Collection: Bonhams New York (Painting & Sculpture. September 14, 2015)
Painting Set: Arhats (Mountain/Basel)
Arhat/Sthavira: Pindola Bharadvaja Main Page