This five-bladed ritual crown would have been worn by lamas at fire sacrifices (homa) and ritual investitures, that is, on highly ceremonial occassions. Each blade of the crown depicts each of the five Transcendent Buddhas (Tathagatas) of the esoteric Tibetan buddhist tradition.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2002
Five-pointed ritual crown
Place where the work was made
leather with gilding, lacquer and fabric
26.0 x 54.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of J A & H D Sperling 1999
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 62 (colour illus.).