Vajracarya Priest's Crown, Copper, gold, turquoise, semi-precious stones, silver foil, Nepalese

Vajracarya Priest's Crown

ca. 15th–16th century
Copper, gold, turquoise, semi-precious stones, silver foil
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); W. 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm); D. 9 1/16 in. (23 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 0.7 oz. (2287.8 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
This crown's lavish use of mercury gilding conveys the appearance of a golden object, enhanced with generous settings of turquoise and rock crystal. It is surprising that all the appliqué elements, including the crowned Buddhas, were modeled from repoussé sheet metal, rather than having been cast. This is a tour de force of Newar metalworking.
John K. Scofield, c/o National Rifle Association of America, Washington, D.C. (until 1948; sold to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal," December 16, 2017–December 16, 2018.