The actress, 40, was spotted with three large new tattoos while working on her new film, First They Killed My Father, in Cambodia on Sunday.
The designs appeared to be in the yantra (or sak yant) tattoo style, a traditional Buddhist form of body art that originated in Southeast Asia. A source confirmed to PEOPLE that Jolie did indeed get three new tattoos and that they are Buddhist blessings for peace, love and a prosperous life. However, it is unclear if they were technically yantra tattoos or simply in that style.
Photos show the tattoos covering most of Jolie's upper back in intricate geometric designs. Yantra tattoos are typical hand-etched by Buddhist monks and special ruesi practitioners, requiring meticulous skill.
This is hardly the actress-turned-director's first ink. Jolie has numerous tattoos, including a large tiger on her lower back from famed Thai tattoo artist Sompong Kanphai. She recently displayed a new piece in December – a geometric design on the inside of her left arm.
Jolie has been spending time in Cambodia while she works on her new Netflix film, which is based on a memoir about life under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. Her eldest sons – Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, and Pax – are working with her on the project, with Maddox helping with research and Pax taking still photos for the production.