Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Set: Merit Painting Sets

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The function of Merit Painting Sets is to generate merit for the person commissioning or sponsoring the creation of the paintings. Merit Sets often have a Buddha or deity figure at the center of the composition. The composition is then copied again and again until there are three, five, seven or more paintings, either identical or nearly identical to each other. (Tara example, Avalokiteshvara example, Amitayus example).