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"An eastern Tibetan copper and silver repoussé vajrasrattva headdress of conical form with three rounded tiers separated by foliate bands. The attached silver repoussé tiara depicting five copper Jina Buddhas in relief with aureoles, including Vajrasattiva within a niche at the top, surrounded by a rock-crystal vajra finial. c. 1900 or earlier."

Tibetan Buddhist copper & silver repoussé Vajrasrattva (deity) headdress with rock-crystal vajra finial, ca. 1900 or earlier, Tibet.

Tiara von Papst Pius IX  - Click on the icons for a large picture!

The Belgian Tiara donated by the Ladies of the Royal Court of King Léopold II of the Belgians on June 1871 to Pope Pius IX

Khampa Tibetans Headdresses part 1

Amber red coral and turquoise. (Not to mention a peaceful confident countenance.) Khampa Tibetans Headdresses part 1

Tibet/Nepal Gilded Silver Belt Ornament

Tibet & Nepal Parcel gilded chased belt ornament (Lochab) with turquoise and coral Early century

Ritual helmet  Place of origin: Nepal  Date: 1677  Materials and Techniques: Gilt copper, set with stones  Gallery notes: Elaborate crowns of this type are worn by Vajracaryas, Buddhist priests when officiating at religious ceremonies in Nepal. Vajracarya, “master of the thunderbolt”, is both a caste and family name indicating those entitled to perform priestly functions. They command the highest rank in the Buddhist community, the equivalent of Brahmins in the Hindu context. They typica

Ritual helmet Place of origin: Nepal Date: 1677 Materials and Techniques: Gilt copper, set with stones Gallery notes: Elaborate crowns of this type are worn by Vajracaryas, Buddhist priests when officiating at religious ceremonies in Nepal.

Vairocana, Ritual Crown, Nepal, 12th Century, Nepali and Tibetan Sculpture: The early phase-LOS Angles CCU Museum of ART, Calfornia

Vairocana, Ritual Crown, Nepal, Century, Nepali and Tibetan Sculpture: The…

Hat - 	Wig (mukotte) Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo Plant fibers, leather, brass tacks 98-9-2, purchased with funds provided by the Annie Laurie Aitken Endowment This type of wig is based on a traditional coiffure styled with hair, clay, oil, copper nails, cowrie shells and, at times, beads. While both men and women wore the hairstyle, only men wore the wig as part of their daily attire. On special occasions it was embellished with parrot feathers.

Wig (mukotte) from the Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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