Himalayan Art Resources

Iconography: The Eleven Figurative Forms Page

Eleven Figurative Forms Main Page | Buddhist Iconography Main Page

Iconographic Appearance - the Manner of Depicting the Eleven Classes of Figurative Forms in Tibetan Art:

(1) Buddha Appearance
(2) Arhat Appearance
(3) King Appearance
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(4) Monastic Appearance
(5) Lay Figure Appearance
(6) Siddha Appearance (Mahasiddha)
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(7) Peaceful Appearance (Deva, Bodhisattva)
(8) Semi-peaceful/Semi-wrathful Appearance (Rishi)
(9) Wrathful Appearance (Raksha)
(10) Animal Headed/Featured Gods & Deities
(11) Warrior Appearance (Drala)

Each of the Eleven Figurative Forms is understood in detail through the five topics of:
1. Definition
2. Characteristics
3. Subjects
4. Number Sets
5. Exceptions

Subjects & Topics
- Eleven Figurative Forms Explanation
- The Three Basic Figurative Forms Explanation
- The Three Basic Figurative Forms Outline
- Iconography Main Page
- Iconography Subjects Outline
- Iconography Sources & Texts Outline
- Confusions
- Others...

Jeff Watt 6-2009 [updated 5-2017]