Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 389)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Nyingma
Size 92.71x57.79cm (36.50x22.75in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Shelley & Donald Rubin
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.9.6
Painting School Khyenri
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Arhat

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Pindola Bharadvaja, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, bha ra dva ja so nyom len, Sanskrit: Sthavira Pindola Bharadvaja): the 12th arhat from the set of 16 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).

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

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: ba ra dhva tsha bsod snyoms len.

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