Usha charok dongcen, Chinese and English silk brocade and silk damask, silk velvet, cotton cloth inside, silk embroidery, silver-plated brass alloy, gilt sheet copper; around 1840; H: 25 cm, diameter: 23 cm; loan from the Royal Government of Bhutan
The blue body of the helmet is embroidered at its side with the legs of a bird, the folded wings of which reach up to the back of the head. The three eyes on the front reminds one of a tsen illustration. The sun-moon symbol, made of metal, is attached to the side of the forehead. Holy Buddhist syllables are engraved in gilt sheet copper right above the forehead. The bird's head is covered by half a vajra*, preserved in pieces only.
Mural from the Temple of Dungtse in the Paro valley
The protective god Mahakala manifests himself with a raven head in Legön Jaro Dongchen.
Photo by Françoise Pommaret