The artistic convention of placing four lineage teachers in each composition - register based - of a multi-painting set is found almost exclusively within the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and most popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. Register based compositions almost completely disappear after the 17th century with the introduction of the Floating Figure composition which remains popular right up to the present time. No examples of four figure composition lineage painting sets for the Nyingma, Kagyu or Gelug traditions could be found in the HAR database. Of course it is possible that other and perhaps earlier examples will be discovered that will change our understanding of the subject.
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The 'Path Together with the Result' (Sanskrit: Margapala. Tibetan: lam dre bu tang che pa), is considered to be one of the most important Tantric Buddhist teachings to have entered Tibet. It is believed to have originated with the Indian teacher Virupa who was regarded as a great adept (mahasiddha). The images in Margapala Set #4 represent an incomplete set of paintings depicting the lineage of teachers starting with the Primordial Buddha Vajradhara, to the deity Vajra Nairatmya, followed by the Indian teachers Virupa, Kanha, Damarupa, Avadhutipa, and Gayadhara, down to the Tibetan teachers beginning with Drogmi Lotsawa. There were likely six or seven more paintings in the cpmplete set following after the painting depicting Sonam Tsemo and Dragpa Gyaltsen. The current whereabouts of the missing paintings is not known and it is quite possible that they no longer exist.