Himalayan Art Resources

Collection: Bonhams London (Mandalas)

Bonhams London (Mandalas) | Mandala Main Page | Bonhams London (Painting. Spring, 2017)

Only three of the compositions below are true mandalas: HAR #2184 Vajrabhairava, #2185 Akshobhyavajra Guhyasmaja, and #2214 Avalokiteshvara.

There are many types and varieties of mandalas. The most important and the most common replicated in painting are 'meditational deity mandalas' or more simply put, 'deity mandalas.'

The remaining two compositions are mandla-like rather than being true mandalas, HAR #2174, 2176, both depict the Buddhist pureland of Shambhala associated with the Kalachakra cycle of tantric practice and ritual. The pureland is depicted as a circle with geometrically arranged internal spaces as if it were a mandala.

Jeff Watt 3-2017