Halos and Mandorlas

Halo Alone

All halos

Halos as flat disks, common in the Ganhara period.

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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.

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Mandorla

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.

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Sometimes it has floral decorations.

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Halo and Mandorla in Combination

Sometimes both the halo and mandorla are included together.

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