Himalayan Art Resources

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

གནས་བརྟན། 罗汉
(item no. 99142)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Buddhist
Size 78x50cm (30.71x19.69in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Silk
Collection Private
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.

"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 Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.

Jeff Watt 5-99

Wisdom Calendar 1995 - July (full catalog list)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Wisdom Publications: Calendar Collection

Thematic Sets
Painting Set: Arhat/Sthavira (Yongle Style 1)
Arhat/Sthavira: Vajriputra Masterworks