Himalayan Art Resources

Shakyamuni Buddha: Life-story (Single composition)

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The selection below depicts the Life Story of Shakyamuni Buddha in a single composition rather than in an extensive set of paintings. Most of the examples begin the life story at the top right side and move downward in a clockwise direction ending at the top left side, or the very top of the composition.

Contrary to the norm HAR #74033 begins at the middle left and proceeds counter-clockwise to the middle right of the painting. The upper half of the composition depicts the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and the Sixteen Great Elders. Other counter-clockwise compositions: HAR #30847, #31304.

Jeff Watt 3-2017