About this object

This portable shrine in the form of a stupa comes from Bhutan, where it was used by lama manipa (travelling monks). Monks carried them on their backs from village to village, in order to explain the Buddhist teachings. As they told the religious stories, they opened and closed the appropriate doors of the shrine. The back of each door has a painted Buddhist figure, behind each door is a compartment that hold clay tsa tsa, moulded images of Buddhist figures, some finished in gold.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bead; Clay; Coral; Glass; Gold; Wood; Turquoise; String
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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