|Date Range||1600 - 1699|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||The Brooklyn Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc. #BMA 1993.192.5, Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi|
Abheda, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, mi je pa. Sanskrit: Sthavira Abheda): the 16th of the 16 Great Arhats, principal students of the Buddha Shakyamuni.
"On the King of Snow Mountains is the noble elder Abheda, surrounded by 1,100 arhats; homage to the one holding an enlightenment stupa." (Sakya liturgical verse).
The full group of arhats would traditionally comprise 25 figures: the Buddha Shakyamuni, together with the two foremost disciples - Shariputra and Maudgalyayana, the 16 Arhats, the attendant Dharmata, the patron Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions; Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.
Jeff Watt 3-2002