Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 34883)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Sakya and 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.

"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).

At the top left is Manjushri Namasangiti, orange in colour, with four arms.

An inscription on the back of the painting reads: left seven, Pindola Bharadvaja.

Jeff Watt [text added 8-2021]

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