|Date Range||1600 - 1699|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||The Brooklyn Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc. #BMA 1993.192.8, Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi|
Nagasena the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, lu'i de. Sanskrit: Sthavira Nagasena): from the set of 16 great arhats.
Gazing to the side he holds in the extended right hand a golden vase containing white flower blossoms. In the left hand he grasps a monk's iron staff held upright. Seated in a relaxed posture, with an attendant monk to the side of the throne on the right, an animated figure stands to the left. At the top is the long-life deity Ushnishavijaya, white, with three faces and eight hands.
"On the King of Mountains, Vipulopa is the noble elder Nagasena, surrounded by 1,200 arhats; homage to the One holding a vase and a khakkhara staff." (Sakya liturgical verse).
The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. Typically the full group would include the Buddha Shakyamuni with the 2 foremost disciples, the 16 great arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.
Jeff Watt 3-2002