Yab Yum means father(male) and mother(female). In the painting the Yab and Yum are from a mask dance which takes place in Ura, central Bhutan once every year. Wearing different colored costumes which seem beautiful with different patterns and designs, the masks of the Yab Yum appear angry and wrathful. But these wrathful deities in their core and essence are compassionate and bear kindness for all sentient beings, thus they show the modern universal heart mudra symbolizing love for all.In the background is the very common design called ‘mentsi’ which is the yellow cloth with different patterns. Mentsi can be seen used as a common decorating cloth in different places during birth, death, promotion, marriage, etc. When there is a celebration like the Tshechu where mask dances are performed, we can see ‘mentsi’ being used in the background giving a feel of intense familiarity, celebration and brightness.
Title: Yab Yum Heart Mudra
Dimension: 165×80 cm
Medium: Acrylic (Original Artwork Print)
About the Artist
A Bhutanese contemporary artist for over 19 years, I am popularly known as Tintin.
I like to re-examine Buddhist and Bhutanese concepts, freeing them from their expected, familiar contexts and reframing their meaning.
Born 1985, from Thimphu
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