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The Arhat Vajraputra

The Arhat Vajraputra

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The Arhat Vajraputra, Metropolitan Museum 

Unidentified Artist Sino-Tibetan, 15th century

Tibetan Buddhism, imported in China by Mongol rulers in the thirteenth century, enjoyed further patronage from fifteenth-century emperors of the early Ming period. This work vividly demonstrates how hieratic Tibetan imagery was transformed under Chinese influence into a more naturalistic style, witnessed most strongly in the Sinicized treatment of landscapes. This painting, originally part of a set depicting the sixteen arhats (Buddhist saints), portrays Vajraputra, his hand raised in the teaching gesture (vitarkamudra), expounding dharma to a devotee. 

Sixteen Arhats [十六羅漢] (Jpn: jūroku-rakan): Arhats designated by Shakyamuni Buddha to protect his teachings for the benefit of the people after his death. According to Hsüan-tsang’s Chinese translation of The Record of Ensuring the Abiding of the Law, they continued to live after Shakyamuni’s entry into nirvana in order to fulfill this mission. They are Pindolabhāradvāja, Kanakavatsa, Kanakabhāradvāja, Subinda, Nakula, Bhadra, Kālika, Vajraputra, Jīvaka, Panthaka, Rāhula, Nāgasena, Angaja, Vanavāsin, Ajita, and Chūdapanthaka. In China and Japan, the sixteen arhats were often depicted artistically and these images enshrined in temples, in particular of the Zen school.


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