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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
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1599
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Stone
Brass
Glass
Iconography:Dorje
Vajra
Buddha
Height: 36.5 cm
Width: 18 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number:Getz 272 - Other Number

Description

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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition
Exhibition of Oriental Art (12 Feb 1916) View Objects in Exhibition
Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914) 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, Office of the President. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 43 No. 1View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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