Ritual Crown with the Five Transcendent Buddhas


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Such crowns were worn by monks conducting rituals and were often part of dance costumes used in public ceremonial performances. Each of the five registers contains one of the Tathagata Buddhas (right to left): Ratnasambhava (yellow), Amitabha (red), Vairochana (white), Amoghasiddhi (green), and Akshobhya (blue). With Vairochana at center, these Buddhas preside over the directional Pure Lands. A Newari artist working in Tibet probably was responsible for this amazing crown, which is one of the earliest examples to survive.

Ritual Crown with the Five Transcendent Buddhas, Opaque watercolor and gold on board, Tibet

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