Arhats Hva-sang, Gopaka and Pantaka with Two Guardian Kings Virudhaka and Dhritarashtra

Tibetan
19th century


Dimensions

190 x 76 cm (74 13/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.61

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.

Thangka showing three seated Arhats, two guardian kings (dharmapalas), and two primordial Buddhas (tathagatas). Main upper figures are the three Arhats: i. the pot-bellied Hva-sang grasping a rosary in his right hand and a fruit or sweetmeat with his left, ii. Gopaka, enthroned with two manuscripts in his hands, iii. Lam-bstan, seated on a rock, and also holding a manuscript in his right hand, while with his left he performs the gesture (mudra) of exposition (vyakhyanamudra). Above them are two Tathagatas, Vairocana (left) and Ratnasambhava (right). Below the Arhats are the dharma kings, Virudhaka and Dhritarashtra.

Obverse: small gold inscriptions identifying figures.

Inscription

Gold Inscription for left Buddha reads "gSer-zangs dri-med la na no" in Tibetan.

Provenance

1904, gift of the James Fund to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1904)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund