Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Set: Indian Adepts - Panchen Lama

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Three paintings make up this set which depicts Vajradhara, Nagarjunagarbha and Atisha as the principal figure in each painting. Each central figure is surrounded by a group of the Eighty-four Geat Adepts of India (mahasiddha) according to the textual list attributed to the Indian teacher Vajrasana (11th century). In total all eighty-four adepts are distributed between the three paintings. In the lower right corner of the Atisha painting is a Tibetan teacher, seated on a throne, wearing a typical Panchen Lama hat.