Fifth Floor

The Chapel of the Wealth Deity and Thangkas (Scroll paintings on cloth) (5th floor)

The art of thangka painting was introduced to Bhutan as early as the 12th century C.E. and unlike other paintings, they are created to contribute to the spiritual fulfillment of a Buddhist practitioner. The subjects of the Museum’s paintings are Buddhas, mandalas, guardian deities, and tutelary deities. The collection at the National Museum contains a wide range of paintings done in natural mineral pigments.

In all, 45 paintings are on display in three groupings:

  1. the origin of Buddhism in India:
  2. the development of Buddhism in Bhutan:
  3. the main protective and tutelary deities of Bhutan.

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