Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Arms in Himalayan Art

Deities: Physical Features Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Three Moods (Peaceful, Semi, Wrathful)
- Number of Arms (Deities)
- Arms: Animal Headed/Featured Gods & Deities
- Arms as Hand Attributes
- Arms as Decoration
- Hand Gestures & Mudras
- Handprints
- Hands as Yantra
- Hands in Astrology
- Confusions
- Others...

- Arms in Himalayan Art
- Heads in Himalayan Art
- Legs in Himalayan Art

Arms and hands are both complicated subjects in Himalayan art primarily because of religious iconography and the many variables involved. The subjects that directly relate to a figurative form are the three moods and animal featured in some examples. Considerations unrelated to the overall figure are arms as hand attributes and decorations.

Jeff Watt 11-2023

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