seated figure with crossed legs wearing red drape and holding fly whisk; halo around head; figure on R holds candle; palm trees in UR

Jīvaka, the Ninth of the Sixteen Arhats, 13th - early 14th century

expand_more
Not on Viewexpand_more

In the Buddhist Hinayana belief (or the “Lesser Vehicle”), the rakan served as the “perfected one” who gained salvation through his own efforts and overcame the endless cycle of birth and rebirth, but was unable to attain full enlightenment like bodhisattvas. The rakan here is holding a fly whisk designed to chase away insects without harming them, following the Buddhist law against taking life.

Details
Title
Jīvaka, the Ninth of the Sixteen Arhats
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.23
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Show Detail

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.

seated figure with crossed legs wearing red drape and holding fly whisk; halo around head; figure on R holds candle; palm trees in UR