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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal

The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue,
New York, USA
Dec 16, 2017 To Dec 16, 2018


Detail: The single most potent symbol of Buddhist ritual as performed in Nepal is the Vajracarya priest's crown. Five examples presented in this exhibition will create a cosmic field into which viewers will enter, encircled by paintings of ritual performance. The exhibition is occasioned by the recent acquisition of a superb early Vajracarya crown dating to the 13th or early 14th century; this will be joined by an 18th-century crown already in the collection and two others recently discovered in the Department of Arms and Armor. Bronze and wooden ritual utensils, Nepalese cloth paintings, and archival photographs of ritual enactment will complete the exhibition.

Phone No.: 212-535-7710
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site URL: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/crowns-of-vajra-masters

Vajracarya's ritual crown
Vajracarya's ritual crown
Nepal, Early Malla period.
13th century
12 x 9 x 8 1/4 in. (30.5 x 22.9 x 21 cm).
Gilt-copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Barbara and David Kipper, 2016 (2016.408)

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