Vajracarya Priest's Crown


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This handsome crown features a pronounced towering summit, which echoes one seen in the Ajanta mural painting (a reproduction is on view here). The openwork medallions are particularly refined and display the skill of Newar artists in working sheet copper. The lotus bloom and stem openwork panels are also exceptional for their quality of execution and point to an early date in the chronology of these crown types. They can be understood as directly descending stylistically from the earliest known example, dated by inscription to 1145.

Vajracarya Priest's Crown, Copper, gold, crystal, turquoise, Nepalese

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