Field Museum: Painting Gallery
Shakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Arhats are the most common painting subject found in Himalayan art. The Buddha and arhats can be depicted all together in one composition or spread over several compositions of three, five, seven, eleven or twenty-three paintings in total. The complete complement of figures in a set is always twenty-five. (See an Outline Page for this Field Museum Three Painting Set and see the Arhats Painting Sets Outline).