Halos and Mandorlas

Halo Alone

All halos

Halos as flat disks, common in the Ganhara period.

Buddha, 3rd century Pakistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Schist; H. 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm); W. 11 in. (27.9 cm); D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Denise and Andrew Saul Gift, in honor of Maxwell K. Hearn, 2014 (2014.188) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/646117 dp123360-halo 2009cb5752_2500-crop

Halos as free-standing rings.

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Halos with a variety of decorations.

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Halos with lotus and floral design.



A mandorla is a representation of the aura around the entire body. It was often depicted with flames.

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In Sri Lanka it is often depicted in full color.


Sometimes it has floral decorations.


Halo and Mandorla in Combination

Sometimes both the halo and mandorla are included together.

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