Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Mandala (Backs of Paintings)

Mandala: Art History | Backs of Paintings Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Backs of Paintings Explanation (below)
- Diagrammatic Mandala
- Letter Mandala
- Combined diagrammatic and letter mandala
- Inscriptions
- Confusions
- Others...

Mandala images either diagrammatic or created from letters are sometimes found on the reverse of paintings. When the front subject of a painting is a mandala then the reverse can have letters and words that mirror the shape of the mandala on the front. Click on an image to view the source page and see the front main subject of the painting.

(The images in this gallery are only a selection of hand print examples).

Jeff Watt 4-2013 [updated 8-2017]