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Subject: Lineage Paintings - Alternating

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2. In Standard Type B, Alternating, the beginning of the single lineage starts with a central figure in the top row of the top register, often Vajradhara or Shakyamuni Buddha and then alternates with the first teacher to the viewer's left and then the second teacher to the right and again to the left - alternating horizontally and then vertically descending down the left and right registers. Type B is more commonly found with paintings after the 15th century up to the present.

Examples with Registers:
Hevajra Mandala
Krodha Vajrapani

Examples without Registers:
Guru Dragpo
Avalokiteshvara
Kagyu Lineage Teacher