The Buddhist group of the eight auspicious symbols (Tib. bkra-shis rtags-brgyad) are depicted here in a composite form. At the top is the White Conch Shell, which spirals to the right in a clockwise direction. Below this is the White Parasol, with a golden crest bar, hanging silk valances and a draped white scarf. Below and behind this is the cylindrical Victory Banner, which is fashioned of hanging silks and ribbons. At the centre is the eight-spoke Golden Wheel of the Dharma, and on either side of the wheel are the two Golden Fishes. Below the wheel are the Eternal Knot, the Lotus, and the Golden Treasure Vase.
© text by Robert Beer