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Bhutanese military equipment

Shield, rhino leather, brass; H: 11 cm, diameter: 44,5 cm; loan from Dasho Sangay Ngedup
The symbol of the sun and the moon in the upper section of the shield stands for method (upaya) and wisdom (prajna). Here it should protect the bearer through its religious power.

The Shabdrung as warlord
Military equiment

Shield, rhinoceros leather, brass; H: 11 cm, diameter: 44,5 cm; loan from Dasho Sangay Ngedup
The symbols of sun and moon in the upper half of the shield stand for method (upaya*) and wisdom (prajna*) and is intended to protect the bearer by its religious power.

Jigme Namgyel
The king

Representation of a king, beaten copper, framed; size: 55 cm x 40 cm; loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Wien
This representation of the fourth king, produced in high quantity, shows him in the middle of the country, flanked by the national symbol, the dragon. The dragon gave the name to the state religion (the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism), as well as the country itself: Druk Yül, the Land of the Dragon.

King and lama
Landscape portrayal with holy men in meditation caves, rhinocerous horn; height 15 centimeters, length 20 centimeters, width 12 centimeters; on loan from the National Museum of Paro
In this portrayal of a scared landscape one can recognize, between the cliffs and the waterfalls, one of the founders of the Kagyüpa* school. Namely the great Asket Milarepa (1040-1123) who was famous for his mystical songs.
The Deities of the Bar
Dance Drum

Wood, leather; height 75 centimeters, diameter 40 centimeters; on loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde der Universität Zürich
In the south of Bhutan live populations of Nepalese descent. Their folk dances are usually accompanied by a double-drum.

The Sub-Tropical South
Frame Drum

Wood, leather, iron; height 23 centimeters, diameter 65 centimeters; on loan from the Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
For their rituals, Shamans (jakri) of the Nepalese descendant minority, living mainly in the south, use drums that are beaten with a hammer. They are also said to be the objects upon which they ride during their shamanistic flights to the other worlds.

The Sub-Tropical South

Clay; height 23 centimeters, diameter 20 centimeters; on loan from Christof and Marie-Noel Frei-Pont
More and more, clay teapots are being replaced by cheaper, imported aluminum ware.

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