A group of three gold ground thangkas of arhats
Ink, mineral pigment and gold in cloth, Tibet 19th century
In the first thangka with Rahula in the center, holding a golden crown. Above and to the left is the Buddha of Long-life, Amitayus. At the lower left is Chudapantaka with his hands in his lap. At the right is Pindola Bharadvaja holding a book in his right hand and a begging bowl in his left.
The second thangka has Ajita with a covered head in the meditation position at the top, Kalika at the bottom left with a pair of gold earrings and Vanavasin with his right hand in the pointing gesture and the left hand holding a flywhisk.
The third thangka with Hvashang at the top shown as a portly figure surrounding by playing children, below are the directional guardians on the left Virudhaka holding a sword in the right hand and scabbard in the left, and on the right Dhritarashtra playing a lute.
each folio: 22 ¾ x 17 ¾ in. (57.3 x 45.1 cm)
Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art
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