Located in Norbulingka, Dharamshala, Losel Doll museum is this small yet beautiful place with a collection of more than 150 traditional Tibetan dolls. I visited here recently and was completely awestruck with the array of emotions these dolls express. The museum is inside the Norbulingka Monastery and there is a small fees of INT 20 for tourists and INR 5 for locals, however, when I reached there, the place was about to close. So, they let me in for no entry fee.
Once I entered the museum, I was surprised to see the collection of beautiful Losel dolls clad in traditional dresses. All the dolls inside the glass boxes are hand-made and created by the monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery. To my surprise, each doll was different from the other and well made with great research and exquisite fineness. These dolls wore the traditional attire and jewelry, which showcase the richness of the Tibetan culture.
I was told that the bodies of the dolls were made of wire and papier maché and the head was made with clay. The extraordinary care was given while making their faces and that is why each one has a different expression and look. Most of the dolls were in groups and they depicted some story.
There were courtroom scenes, market scenes and many other legendary stories which were showcased through the dolls. I was really mesmerized to see the beauty of the Losel dolls which displayed the traditional life of Tibet. Inside every glass box, there is a story and it is interpreted in text outside it. Reading that gave me an insight to the culture of people hailing from Tibet and that added to the glory of the museum.
If you have not been to Norbulingka’s Losel Doll museum, you must try it once. Since it is a small one, it won’t take much time to explore the richness and splendor.
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