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Definition of Iconography: the study and identification, often religious, of portraits, deities and symbols along with the context and general subject matter of an artwork.
Types of Iconography:
Introduction to Buddhist Iconography (Figurative):
In Himalayan and Tibetan style art the study of Tantric Buddhist iconography involves the combination of six subjects:
1. The Traditional Tantric Buddhist Hierarchy of Figurative Subjects.
2. The Manner of Depicting the Classes of Figures of the Hierarchy.
3. The Three Traditional Descriptive Categories.
4. The Four Tantric Buddhist Activities.
5. The Traditional Categories of Deities According to Function.
6. The Four Classes of Buddhist Tantra
7. Special Symbols or Identifiable Visual Forms.
Introduction to Bon Iconography:
1. Tonpa Shenrab (Images, Forms & Life Story):
- Tonpa Shenrab
- Nampar Gyalwa
- Tritsug Gyalwa
- Tonpa Shenrab Life Story Sets
- Four Transcendent Lords
- Dulwa Shendrug
- Choga Chunyi
2. Four Transcendent Lords
- Peaceful Deities
- Wrathful Deities
- Sipai Gyalmo
- Worldly & Regional
7. Special Symbols & Identifiable Visual Forms.
Introduction to Hindu Iconography:
1. Shiva Forms
2. Vishnu Forms
4. Narrative Depictions
5. Special Symbols & Identifiable Visual Forms.
Iconic Symbols & Regional Icons:
Connoisseurship in Iconography: