Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Blue Beryl Medical Charts

The Blue Beryl (vaidurya ngonpo) medical charts are a set of paintings based on the text of the same name compiled and edited by the Desi Sanggye Gyatso in the 17th century. It is thought that there are several original sets numbering approximately 85 paintings each. Each painting represents a single chapter from the Blue Beryl. From the Blue Beryl sets recorded on the HAR website it can be seen that since the 17th century onward the total number of paintings has been reduced by doubling up and sometimes tripling up on chapters thus condensing them into single paintings. The overall effect is various painting sets of unknown number but definitely reduced in size from the original 85 or so paintings. More research needs to be done to determine if there is an accepted system for reducing the overall number or if it is up to the artist and patron to create a Blue Beryl set according to there own resources.

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