Himalayan Art Resources

Arhat/Sthavira: Iconography

Arhat/Sthavira Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Chinese Iconographic Programs
- Tibetan Iconographic Programs
- List of Elders & Related Figures
- Arhat/Sthavira Outline
- Arhat/Sthavira Resource Page Outline
- Study Guide
- Elders Traveling to China
- Eleven Figurative Appearances
- Confusions
- Others...

Videos:
- Arhats: 16 or 18
- Arhat Iconography
- Arhat Composition & Sets

Principle Characteristics:
- bald or shaved head
- middle aged or elderly in facial appearance
- monastic in attire with multi-coloured robes in a Chinese style
- sometimes wearing Chinese style shoes
- seated with the legs either folded or extended down
- almost always a lack of any Vajrayana attributes, ornamentation or decoration

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Jeff Watt 3-2000 [updated 6-2015, 4-2017, 12-2019]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).