Mural on cloth; 19th century; 245 x 121 centimeters; on loan from the Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
In Bhutan, murals are painted on cloth, that is then glued to the wall. Sometimes, extra details are patched (Pastiglia) on.
The three heads of the trident of wisdom symbolize the merging of the Guru with his tantric partners.
Detail from a mural on cloth; 19th century; 245 x 121 centimeters; on loan from the Völkerkundemuseum Universität Zürich
Guru Rinpoche in a meditative pose, flanked by two tantric companions. In his right hand he holds a Vajra*, symbol of his magical birth.