Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 90021)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Uncertain
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Navin Kumar
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Arhat

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajriputra the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, dor je mo bu, Sanskrit: Sthavira Vajriputra): the 5th arhat from the set of 16 great arhats. From the black begging bowl held in the left hand a dark green dragon rises upward with claws extended holding red jewels.

"On the Island of Singha is the noble elder Vajriputra, surrounded by 1,000 arhats; homage to the One performing a pointing gesture and holding a fly whisk." (Sakya liturgical verse).

The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. Typically the full group would include the buddha Shakyamuni, the 16 arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hva-shang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka. (The name of the arhat is written in gold lettering beneath the seat)

Jeff Watt 4-2000

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: ?phags pa rdo?ie mo?i bu.

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Thematic Sets
Painting Set: Arhats: Single Main Figure
Painting Set: Arhat Set I
Arhat/Sthavira: Vajriputra Main Page
Collection of Navin Kumar Gallery: Painting
Arhat/Sthavira: Vajriputra Masterworks
Subject: Dragon Page
Comparison: Two Sthavira