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Greyscale - Figurative & General Subjects - Updated

April 21, 2012 ·

The Greyscale Main Page for Figurative and General Subjects has been updated with many new additions.


On the catalogue page for each of the images is a secondary image that is greyscaled (sometimes coloured) and numbered allowing for easy identification of all of the figures in the composition. So far only a small selection of paintings in the collection have had the greyscale and numbering treatment however more are being added all the time. 

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Mapping a Complex Composition: Field of Accumulation

December 22, 2009 ·

Sakya Field of Accumulation Paintings, or Refuge Field paintings, are not that common to the Sakya Tradition and really only appear to date from the 19th or 20th century. The reason for this is because the Sakyas do not have a standard generic visualization for the Field of Accumulation as is more common to the Nyingma Longchen Nyingtig, Kagyu and Gelugpa Traditions. In the Sakya system of practice a Field of Accumulation is unique, or customized for each and every practice, such as Hevajra, Chakrasamvara, Vajrabhairava, etc., and therefore no generic Field of Accumulation image as a support for visualization was typically required. (See Field of Accumulation Outline Page).


At the center of the Field of Accumulation is the Primordial Buddha Vajradhara with the Lamdre Lineage (1) directly above and the the Mahakala Lineage (2) descending from the viewer's upper left and the Vajrayogini Lineage (3) descending from the viewer's upper right. Below the central Vajradhara are the Meditational Deities (Tib.: yi dam), Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, Protector Deities and Wealth Deities. At the bottom of the composition are the Sixteen Offering Goddesses.

Both numbers and colours have been used to try and make the painting more understandable. Each of the coloured blocks will be further cut out from the whole, made into individual pages, and enlarged with each figure in the coloured block numbered and the name listed in accordance with the order in the lineage. This will also accord with the Tibetan name inscription that accompanies each figure in the Sakya Field of Accumulation drawing presented here.

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Greyscale Image Pages

August 29, 2009 ·

Greyscale has been used throughout the HAR site to create a clear image composition with written names and numbers to improve navigation and identification. Important iconographic subjects, architectural features and composition sequences have been labeled either directly with names on the image or as numbers corresponding to an identification key in the body of explanatory text. There are four basic types of composition where greyscale numbering is most helpful: [1] Cityscapes, [2] Narratives, [3] Figure Compositions and [4] Lineage Compositions.

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