Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Iconographic Bodhisattva

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The examples below represent iconographic forms of the three principal bodhisattva that originate with the literature of the Buddhist Mahayana Sutra tradition; Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani. These iconographic depictions however derive from the Tantra literature of Mahayana Buddhism. All aspects of their appearance such as colour, number of faces, arms, hand attributes, posture, etc., are unchangeable by the artist or donor of the painting.