Attendant Figure to Vaishravana
- 16th century
- Black stone with pigments
- Catalog Number
- C2003.30.1 (HAR 65246)
- Rubin Museum of Art
Unfired clay remains the most commonly used material for sculpture in the Himalayas, from large statues to small tsatsas.
The invention of printing can be directly connected to Buddhism and the need to reproduce religious texts and simple pictures of the Buddha.
Paper was used widely as a media for copying Buddhist texts and image making.
Painting is the primary two-dimensional form for image making, but different media, such as woodblock prints and woven textiles, are also used to create similar compositions.
Metal has become the predominate medium for producing religious sculpture in the Himalayas, primarily by way of hollow or lost wax casting and embossing.