Vajracarya Priest's Crown


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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.

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

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