Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 90303)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Robert and Lois Baylis
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Arhat

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Arhat, from the group of 16 Great Arhats: gazing in a contemplative manner he is clean-shaven with short hair. The right hand holds a flywhisk with a long bamboo handle. The left hand is draped across the knee. Attired in the orange patchwork robes of a monk, he also wears a green and blue inner jacket and sits on a cloth mat. An ethereal pink sphere of light frames the head. Tall trees rise behind and blue coloured rocks thrust forward. A yaksha figure and a monkey make offerings in front and a large bird parades to the side.

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 Hva-shang and the Four Guardians of the Directions - Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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Subject: Fly Whisk