Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Karmapa (Early Paintings)

Karmapa Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Karmapa Early Paintings Explanation (below)
- Central Figure
- Secondary Figure
- Xixia Painting
- Confusions
- Others...

The paintings in this gallery primarily depict the first three Karmapas. The works were all created in the 13th and 14th centuries and depict the Karmapas wearing a black hat. Granted, the hat is not as ornate as the black hat created by the Yongle Emperor of China and given to the 5th Karmapa Deshin Shegpa (1384-1415). Regardless of that, the paintings in this gallery clearly show that the Karmapas had a tradition of wearing a black hat prior to the gift of the Chinese Emperor.

Jeff Watt 4-2013 [updated 8-2017]