Loan Object

Arhat Ajita

16th century

Opaque watercolor on cloth, framed

framed: 53 x 29 in. (134.62 x 73.66 cm) sight in frame: 48 1/16 x 24 11/16 in. (122 x 62.7 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2017.17.16
Ajita is one of a group of sixteen arhats, or advanced disciples of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. He typically sits in a watery realm, accompanied by both real and mythical animals such as the dragon at the upper left. The wrathful protector at the upper right is Mahakala, a tutelary deity in Tibetan practices.
Culture: 
Central Tibetan
Period: 
16th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Geography: 
Tibet, China
Status: 
On view
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