This scroll is from a series of representations featuring thelegendary . They are each equipped with different attributes, while the different shades of skin suggest in which area of Asia they were active.
Panthaka, for instance, who is holding a book, is said to have taught in the Himalayas; Nagasena. who is carrying a vase of jewels and a rattle stick, spread theamong the gods in . Abheda was given a by the Buddha to protect him against evil spirits when he travelled to the mountains of Tibet to win the people over to .