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Butter sculpture, bright Tibetan art
10:46, August 09, 2012  


Beautiful butter sculpture. (Photo/China Tibet Online)

Butter sculpture is a unique art of the ethnic Tibetan group. And in Tibetan monasteries, lamas are assigned to learn this handwork and make butter sculptures on various occasions.

According to the local custom, a splendid butter sculpture exhibition will be held on every Butter Sculpture Festival (January 15 on the Tibetan calendar) during the Losar dharma ritual.

When evening falls on that day, Jokhang Temple will display all kinds of sculptures made of yak butter in the Buddha Hall, such as Buddhist statues, figures, flowers and trees, together with butter lamps to pray for peace and good luck.

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Tourists enjoy the scenery of the Namtso, a plateau lake, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 7, 2012. The Namtso, meaning "the heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, has become one of the preferences for a growing number of tourists to Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)Tourists enjoy the scenery of the Namtso, a plateau lake, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 7, 2012. The Namtso, meaning "the heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, has become one of the preferences for a growing number of tourists to Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu gives blessing to an elder Buddhism believer by touching his head in Shigatse Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on August 6, 2012. (Xinhua News Agency/Chogo)The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu gives blessing to an elder Buddhism believer by touching his head in Shigatse Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on August 6, 2012. (Xinhua News Agency/Chogo)
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu gives a sermon at Pingcuolin Temple in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 4, 2012. The Panchen Lama worshipped at Pingcuolin Temple on Saturday and gave blessing to more than 3000 nearby Tibetan Buddhism believers. (Xinhua/Chogo) 
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu gives a sermon at Pingcuolin Temple in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 4, 2012. The Panchen Lama worshipped at Pingcuolin Temple on Saturday and gave blessing to more than 3000 nearby Tibetan Buddhism believers. (Xinhua/Chogo)
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu prays at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 31, 2012. The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu visited the Tashilumpo Monastery, the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, Tuesday. (Xinhua/Chogo)

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu prays at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 31, 2012. The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu visited the Tashilumpo Monastery, the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, Tuesday. (Xinhua/Chogo)

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu (front) views a Buddha statue during an exhibition of Tibet cultural relics returned from overseas in Tibet Museum in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 28, 2012. (Xinhua/Chogo) 

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu (front) views a Buddha statue during an exhibition of Tibet cultural relics returned from overseas in Tibet Museum in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 28, 2012. (Xinhua/Chogo)

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu (C) accepts the Qiema offered by monks to wish for bumper grain harvests at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 29, 2012. The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu arrived in Xigaze after finishing a week of activities in Lhasa. (Xinhua/Chogo)  

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu (C) accepts the Qiema offered by monks to wish for bumper grain harvests at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 29, 2012. The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu arrived in Xigaze after finishing a week of activities in Lhasa. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Norlha collections capitalize on the quality yak wool used in traditional Tibetan hand-sewn jackets and robes. Provided to China DailyNorlha collections capitalize on the quality yak wool used in traditional Tibetan hand-sewn jackets and robes. Provided to China Daily
Photo taken on July 4 shows the sunset of Changtang Grassland in Northern TIbet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)Photo taken on July 4 shows the sunset of Changtang Grassland in Northern TIbet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)
Photo taken on July 4 shows the cattle grazing on Changtang Grassland in Northern TIbet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)Photo taken on July 4 shows the cattle grazing on Changtang Grassland in Northern TIbet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)
Photo taken on July 4 shows the picturesque Changtang Grassland in Northern Tibet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)Photo taken on July 4 shows the picturesque Changtang Grassland in Northern Tibet's Nagqu Prefecture. With an altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea-level on average. July is the most beautiful season for Nagqu Prefecture. (Photo/ Xinhua)
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