Cabinet for Ritual Utensils


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253

This cabinet was designed to house utensils for ritual activity, likely in a chapel where invocations were performed for the protective deities. It is crowned with a frieze of skulls and framed by dancing skeletons. The iron crossbars reinforcing the doors are embellished with heads in various stages of decomposition.

Cabinet for Ritual Utensils, Lacquer and gilding on wood, iron, Tibet

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