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Butter Sculpture

The Bhutanese pride in their expertise for butter sculptures which are made as decorations on the ritual structures made of dough called tormas. Butter is properly mashed in lukewarm water to give it the right texture to be pliable for sculpturing. It is mixed with colour powder and then designed into small figures of deities, offering goddesses, materials for offering or intricate designs and motifs for decoration on a torma. The sculptures are generally used for a specific ritual and discarded at the end of the ritual.

  • གཏོར་བཟོ། (Dzongkha, Tibetan script, Original)(2015)
    • > Butter Sculpture (English, Latin script, Translation)(2015)
    • > gtor bzo (Dzongkha, Latin script, Transliteration-THL Extended Wylie Transliteration)(2015)
    • > tor zo (Dzongkha, Latin script, Transcription-THL Simplified Tibetan Transcription)(2015)

Subject ID: S7345