Among altar ornaments or architectural adornments, a male and female deer represent harmony and happiness. Meditation practitioners are often represented sitting on the skin of a deer or an antelope, which indicates a peaceful activity.
In buddhist art, the elephant symbolises the historical buddha, whose mother is said to have dreamed that a white elephant entered her womb at the moment of conception. The elephant is the mount of buddha Akshobhya, sometimes depicted on an elephant throne.
The lion is a symbol of the historical buddha, who is often represented sitting on a lion throne, like other buddhas and bodhisattvas, while the bodhisattva of wisdom Manjushri and the guardian deity Vaishravana sometimes ride a lion.
The white snow lion with a turquoise mane is the national animal emblem of Tibet.