Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Inscriptions Main Page (Painting)

Inscriptions Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Front of Painting
--- cartouche
--- Name, Person or Figure
--- Narrative Description (Biography, Life Story)
--- Stick, bottom or top
--- Decorative letters, book titles
--- Dedication inscriptions
--- Under-drawing, artist notations
--- Under-drawing, sanctification & mantras
- Back of Painting
--- Auspicious Verses, Dharani, Ye dharma, etc.
--- Commission information: artist, donor, teacher, location
--- Stupa or design
--- Direction notations (sets): right, left, East, West, etc.
--- Stick, bottom or top
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

- Inscriptions on Paintings, Part 1
- Inscriptions on Paintings, Part 2

Related Topics:
- Historical Information: Examples
- Hand and Footprints
- Mantra Main Page
- Others...

There are many types and purposes for the placement of inscriptions on the front and back of paintings.

Jeff Watt 6-2014

(The images below are only a selection of examples).