Depicting Buddhist Elder Vajriputra Thangka
The meaning of Vajriputra is ne ten, dor Je mo Buin Tibet. And the meaning of Vajriputra is Sthavira Vajriputra in Sanskrit. Vajriputra whois known as the elder is the 5th arhat from the set of 16 great arhats.
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Iconography of the Vajriputra
Vajriputra is mature in visage with close-cropped hair. Vajriputra has a thin mustache and a light growth of facial hair. Vajriputra holds the right hand upraised in a gesture of pointing with the index finger.
The left-arm of Vajriputra is resting across the knee holds in the hand an ornate red fly whisk topped with a tuft of white yak tail hair. Vajriputra is wearing orange patchwork robes with strips of blue cloth and a lower garment of red, the right arm is bare the custom of a Buddhist monk. In a relaxed posture with the legs loosely extended, he sits atop an ornate throne elaborate with a decorative backrest emblazoned with wishing jewels.
The head of Vajriputra is surrounded by a green areola and the background filled with colorful flowering shrubs, pink clouds and a gentle mountain landscape, cascading waterfall, and lotus pond rich with precious wishing jewels, gold ornaments and red coral. The irregular dark green landscape of the foreground is strewn with precious objects and fruit-laden bushes. At the right of the Vajriputra, there stands a celestial figure a goddess who is white in color.
Goddess is holding aloft a bowl of fresh persimmons on a bed of leaves. Goddess is Adorned with jewels and gold ornaments, she is attired in variously colored silks and garments. On the Island of Singha is the noble elder Vajriputra who is surrounded by 1,000 arhats. Vajriputra is an homage to the One performing a pointing gesture and holding a fly whisk.
Vajriputra with Ushnisha
Vajriputra is pale in complexion with receding hair. Vajriputra is handsome in appearance. He holds in the left hand at the lap the handle of a fly whisk topped with a tuft of white yak tail hair.
The right hand of Vajriputra, there is upraised in a pointing gesture with a fine ray of rainbow light extending upwards culminating in the creation of a celestial palace with the long-life deity Ushnishavijaya seated in the middle. Vajriputra is wearing patchwork robes with strips of red cloth and a lower garment of blue. He sits atop a meditation mat above a rocky outcropping.
The head of Vajriputra is surrounded by a red aureola and the background filled with green mountain landscapes and a large tree serving as a canopy for the seated arhat. A table at the side supports a book, incense burner, and a begging bowl filled with white and red lotus blossoms. At the lower right of the thangka, there stands a monastic figure who is wearing patched robes and gazing upward entranced by the display of magical illusion.
In the thangka, Vajriputra is surrounded by 1,000 arhats and him in homage to the One performing a pointing gesture and holding a fly whisk. The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set.
Vajriputra with Dharmatala Thangka
Vajriputra is known as the Elder. In the thangka, the Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. Typically the full group would include the buddha Shakyamuni, the 16 arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hva-shang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dhritarashtra, and Virudhaka.