University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:A1285
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan (uncertain)
Nepalese (uncertain)
Tibetan Buddhist
Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet (uncertain)
Nepal (uncertain)
Period: 16th Century
Date Made: 16th Century
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 16th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Stone
Brass
Glass
Iconography:Dorje
Vajra
Buddha
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number:GETZ 272 - Other Number

Description

Jewelled and highly decorated crown with a dorje or thunderbolt emblem at the top worn by Vajracharyas, a priest caste, in Nepal. Vajracharya priests preside over rituals central to the Vajrayana sect of Buddhism. The crown is said to have originally come from a life size bronze statue of the Buddha. It is brass with colored glass inlay. Various Buddhist deities cover the piece.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 243, No. 272View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. pg. 52 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 43 No. 1View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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