Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Sets: Indicator Images

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Greyscale images have been created and added throughout the site to indicate which individual paintings in the HAR database belong to sets. The size of the Greyscale Image is meant to help in identifying the approximate number of paintings in the set. In some cases the actual number of compositions is known and it is not known. The examples below give some idea as to which common art subjects are found in sets and how those sets are numbered.

Two Paintings (2): Shakyamuni Buddha Life-story


Three Paintings (3): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Eight Mahasiddhas, Eighty-four Mahasiddhas, Buddhas of the Three Times, Three Hundred Icons


Five Paintings (5): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Six Ornaments & Two Excellent Ones


Seven Paintings (7): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats


Nine Paintings (9): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Eight Mahasiddhas, Eight Bodhisattvas, Six Ornaments & Two Excellent Ones, Padmasambhava Eight Forms


Eleven Paintings (11): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Eighty-four Mahasiddhas


Thirteen Paintings (13): Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama


Fifteen Paintings (15): Tsongkapa Life Story

Seventeen Paintings (17):


Nineteen Paintings (19): Milarepa Life Story


Twenty-one Paintings (21): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Twenty-one Taras

Twenty-three Paintings (23): Shakyamuni Buddha & the Sixteen Arhats, Eighty-four Mahasiddhas

Thirty-three Paintings (33): Karma Kagyu Lineage

Thirty-five Paintings (35): Confession Buddhas

Forty-three Paintings (43): Vajravali


Fifty-one Paintings (51): Medicine Buddha & Retinue

Eighty-three Paintings (83): Blue Beryl


Multiple Paintings: Tangtong Gylpo Life Story, Jamgon Ameshab Life-story, Drugpa Kagyu Lineage, Sakya Lamdre Lineage, Vajravali, White Beryl, History of Tibet, Collection of All Tantras