Himalayan Art Resources

Kings: Main Page & King Appearance

Eleven Figurative Forms/Appearances

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'King Appearance' in Himalayan art is a specific type of figurative form. The principal characteristics are the face often with a stern look achieved by upturned eyebrows accompanied by a mustache and goatee. The clothing is heavy and layered with multiple colours, a cloth head covering or hat sometimes with a small jeweled crown, and boots on the feet. They can hold any number of objects in their hands. There are four important subjects and distinctions to be made with regard to kings in Himalayan and Tibetan art:

[1] Kings with King Appearance
[2] Kings that don't have King Appearance
[3] Kings that belong to Sets
[4] Deities with King Appearance

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Jeff Watt 2-2006 [updated 6-2016, 5-2017, 2-2020]