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Handbells and Brocade (2012)

Two handbells, used to accompany the chanting of the Drepung Loseling Phukhang monks during the opening and closing ceremonies for their sand mandala. The bells rest on brocade, part of the altar the monks set up when they consecrated the place where they construct the mandala. The monks use the sharp end of the handle of one of these bells to begin the ritual destruction of their completed sand mandala, an act symbolizing the transience of life.


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