Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Type: Coloured Ground

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There are many different types and styles of paintings. A noticeable feature of Himalayan art paintings are the various back ground colours that can be found. The standard type of back ground is multi-coloured. The creation of Tantric paintings is discussed in the early Sanskrit language Manjushri Mulakalpa Tantra.

There are three further types of ground colour, black, gold and red, in this order, according to the time when each began to be used. Multi or variously coloured paintings are by far the more common in the Himalayan and Tibetan cultural regions. The three colours are used to invoke mood and emotion. Black is for caution, fear and protection. Gold is for wealth, wonder and opulence.Red is for alarm, power, and resolve.