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Arahat Painting

Arhat Rahula
East(?) Tibet
circa 15th century
Distemper on cloth
height x width: 46.5 x 27 cm / 18¼ x 11 in

A painting of the Arhat Rahula, also dating from the 15th century, shows the Buddhist monk stroking the head of a tiger and seated in a landscape inspired by distinctively Chinese painting traditions for rendering mountains in bold hues of blue and green. Rahula was the historical Buddha’s only child, a son. He became a disciple of his father and was recognized as an arhat or “Worthy”, one of a few disciples of the historical Buddha who also attained enlightenment. Arhats became the archetype of early Indian Buddhism, with its emphasis on withdrawal from the world and the extinction of one’s passions through restraint and meditation.

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