Sunday, December 6, 2009

art & architecture

some pieces of traditional bhutanese art & architecture. i love the intricate wood carvings on our doors and windows. it's just amazing how much detail goes into them. i'm sure there's a story out there but i don't know it yet!

this one is a red ornate door in the trongsa dzong, i fell in love with it.

this door is from my mom's kitchen.

this one is of ceiling beams in a traditional bhutanese house, the beams in this one have been painted with elaborate patterns.

a carving on the balcony of the tango monastery.

the traditional windows in tango monastery - note the fire extinguishers!

butter lamps in the memoral chorten.

wood carvings of the 4 friends, the 4 protective deities and the 8 auspicious/lucky signs. these are painted or carved in most traditional homes.

elaborate paintings

mandala on the wall in semtokha dzong

painting of lord buddha on the rock surface, these are very typical and you will see quite a few while driving in and around bhutan. if i am not mistaken, the two below were made during the filming of dzongsar khyentse's movie "travellers & magicians". painting of guru rimpoche, beside lord buddha!

prayers on the wall

dancing dakinis, also seen on walls of monasteries

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