Tibet / Ritual Diadem / late 18th  centuryTibet
Ritual Diadem
late 18th century

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Creator Nationality: Tibet
Creator Name-CRT: Tibet
Title: Ritual Diadem
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1766
Creation End Date: 1800
Creation Date: late 18th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Costume Accessory
Materials and Techniques: Leather with polychrome lacquer
Dimensions: 12 x 22 in. (30.5 x 55.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.52
Credit Line: The Helen Winton Jones Memorial Fund for Asian Art
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.cfm
Context: Crowns, or diadem, like this are worn by Buddhist priests and monks during certain religious ceremonies, especially initiation rites. Each panel is decorated with one of the five dhyani bodhisattvas including from left to right: Ratnasambhava, Akshobhya, Samantabhadra, the bodhisattva Amityeus and Vishvapani.Above each figure is a roundel bearing a sacred emblem such as three jewels, crossed vajras, the wheel of the law, the lotus and a sword. It is believed that when wearing such a crown, a priest is connected with the divine essence and becomes himself a receptacle for cosmic forces.
AMICA ID: MIA_.98.52
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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