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Model of a Stupa

Malla period
ca. 16th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt-copper alloy with rock-crystal inset
H. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm); W. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
Not on view
This miniature stupa has four shrines at the base, each housing a meditating Buddha. Eyes are incised on the four sides of the square section harmika between the dome and the tiered umbrellas, as seen at Swayambhunath stupa and elsewhere in the valley today.
Private collection , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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