Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Tradition: Khyenri Mandalas

Khyenri Iconography

Peaceful Deity Composition Characteristics:
- Outside of Mandala: Floating Figure Composition
- Outside of Mandala: Sparse or Open Background
- Outside of Mandala: Multi-coloured Clouds
- Circular Halo
- Stylized Flame Halo
- Semi-flamed Halo
- Stylized Stacked Hair
- Strong Contrast
- Bright Colours
- Others...

Khyenri style mandala paintings can include characteristics from all of the different types of subjects, teacher figures, peaceful and semi-peaceful/wrathful and wrathful. The elements of composition will depending on the central subject of the mandala and the inclusion of teachers or deities surrounding the outside of the mandala.

Examples of four Iconographic Subjects in Khyenri Style Painting:
Teachers & Siddhas | Peaceful & Semi Peaceful Deities | Wrathful Deities | Mandalas

Jeff Watt 8-2020

(The images below are only a selection of examples).