Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 69910)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Red Background on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Arhat

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Chudapantaka, the Elder (Tibetan: gnas brtan lam phran bstan. Sanskrit: Sthavira Cudapantaka): the 11th elder/arhat from the set of Sixteen Great Arhats.

"On Vulture Peak Mountain is the noble elder Chudapantaka, surrounded by 1,600 arhats; homage to the One with the two hands placed in meditation." (Sakya liturgical text).

Chudapantaka is typically portrayed with the two hands placed in the mudra (gesture) of meditation and sometimes with a lion or tiger standing nearby. 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 2-2011

Secondary Images
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Painting Type: Red Ground Masterworks
Arhat/Sthavira: Main Page & Arhat/Sthavira Appearance (Elder)
Painting Type: Red Background
Collection: Private 5
Arhat/Sthavira: Chudapantaka Main Page
Painting Type: Gold Fill Paintings
Painting Set: Arhat Set: Red Ground 2