Crown from Tibet

Size:

Each of the five parts measures 9 x 17cm

Region:

Tibet or Eastern Nepal

Type:

Five Tathagata Crown (rigs-lna’i-dbu-rdyan)

Age/Period:

19/20th century

Material:

Painted cardboard

Condition:

good

Description:

The five transcendental Buddhas (tathagatas)

Amithaba, west, red

Amogasidhi, north, green

Vairocana, center, white

Akshobya, east, blue

Ratnasambhava, south, yellow

On the backside their mystic syllables (bijamantra)

Groups of monks, especially the Kargyupas wear this crowns during initiations

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