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Acquired 1932

Bhadra (Tibetan: bZang po)

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka

The twelve Thangka paintings on show at the Albert Bender exhibition are part of a wider collection comprising twenty-one that illustrate the Arhats (disciples) of Buddha, and the Four Guardians of the Four Quarters of the World.

Bhadra (Tibetan: bZang po)

His name translates as ‘good’. According to Buddhist belief Bhadra is the son of the charioteer of King Suddhodana, Buddha Shakyamuni’s father. He lives on an island in the River Yamuna, India with 1,200 arhats.

Bhadra was renowned for his preaching, which was in clear and simple language. Therefore, he is represented in an attitude of worship or as holding a book. Other illustrations of Bhadra sometimes portray him accompanied by a tiger, which he attempts to restrain.

Learn more about this collection of Thangkas



Bhadra (Tibetan: bZang po) is located at:
Decorative Arts & History

Previous artefact:

Angaja (Tibetan: Yan lag ‘byung)

Next artefact:

Upasaka Dharmatala (Tibetan: dGe bsnyen dhar ma ta la)

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