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Padmasambhava: Art History

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- Description (below)
- Masterworks
- Painting
--- Early & Mid Period: 11th to 16th century (Primary Figure)
--- Early & Mid Period (Primary & Secondary Figures)
--- Painting Styles
- Sculpture
--- Lotus & Stem Seat
--- Three Figure Configuration
- Regions
- Number Sets (Padmasambhava & Related)
- Glossary
- Outline
- Confusions
- Others...

- Introduction to Padmasambhava
- Padmasambhava: Three Gestures
- Padmasambhava in Youthful Appearance
- Eight Forms of Padmasambhava
- Padmasambhava: Early Portrait Paintings
- Padmasambhava (HAR 160)
- Copper Coloured Mountain
- Second Buddha

The majority of works of art that have been identified as depicting Padmasambhava, both painting and sculpture, were created during this third period of Nyingma development. A much smaller number of earlier depictions, second period, can be found where Padmasambhava is depicted as a central figure in painting. In addition there are several dozen second period paintings where Padmasambhava is depicted as a minor figure among the line of lineage teachers or placed as a prominent secondary teacher along with characters such as Padampa Sanggye, Karmapa and Tsongkapa. With the identifying and cataloging of the Life Story paintings, all appear to be from the third period of development, 17th century to the present, and relate the narrative of the Revealed Treasure (Terma) Tradition.

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Jeff Watt 12-2019