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Keman (“Flower Garland” Temple Decoration)

ca. 1665
Gilded bronze
H. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
Not on view
Keman (Sanskrit: kusumamala) literally means “garland of flowers,” and refers to pendant decorative disks, usually made of bronze in the shape of a round fan (uchiwa), that are suspended from beams of inner sanctuary of a temple, above a Buddhist statue. They are thought to have their origin in the garlands of fresh flowers that were offered to nobles in ancient India.
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