From: Tibet (uncertain) | Nepal (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number A1285
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tibetan (uncertain) | Nepalese (uncertain) | Buddhist | Buddhist
Provenience Tibet (uncertain) | Nepal (uncertain)
Period 16th Century
Date Made 16th Century
Section Asian
Materials Copper Alloy | Stone | Brass | Glass
Iconography Dorje | Vajra | Buddha

Jewelled and highly decorated crown (mukuta) 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.

Height 36.5 cm
Width 18 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number Getz 272 - Other Number

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