Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Stacked Deities Page

Stacked Deities | Eleven Types of Deities | Iconography Main Page

Subjects, Types & Topics:
- Stacked Deities Description (below)
- Ganapati, Ragavajra (Atisha Tradition)
- Avalokiteshvara, Hari Hari Hari
- Siddha Lakshmi
- Vajrapani: Three Combined Deities
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Stacked deities are an unusual iconographic form where two or more deities are stacked one above the other. Often they are sitting around the neck of the deity below or standing on the shoulders. Stacked deities are found in both Hindu, Bon and Buddhist iconography and belong to the set of Eleven Types of Deities based on appearance.

Jeff Watt 2-2016 [updated 7-2018]

(The images below are only a selection chosen from the links above).