Painting - Lhazo

Painting - Lhazo

Painting in Bhutan encompasses:

  • Religious paintings: In the form of murals, thangkhas and manuscript illustrations. These are done by artists who follow a certain uniform style in creating what are not works of art but of faith - which they make as beautiful as possible, while scrupulously following the precise and symbolic iconometric and iconographic rules codified in ancient treatises. The act of commissioning and creating a religious painting is seen as a pious act that earns great merit and must be done with a pure mind.

  • Decorations on furniture and window-frames: Nearly every house and building is colourfully painted with symbols such as a lotus, a dragon or the Tashi-Tagye as are furniture, tables and many objects that are a part of the daily lives of the people.

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