Altar Ornament with Tantric Deity

attributed to : Mongolian (Mongolian)
attributed to : Sino-Tibetan (Chinese Tibetan)
Late 19th-20th century
Copper and semi-precious stones
Work : 15 x 8 1/2 x 5 in. (38.1 x 21.59 x 12.7 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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This jewel-shaped ornament may originally have belonged to a larger set of ritual objects that was used on the altar of a Mongolian or Tibetan Buddhist temple. Similarly shaped ornaments have been preserved in sets of altar furnishings that also include offering dishes and incense burners. The central image on the ornament is a wrathful deity with ten arms, the hands of which hold an array of tantric weapons and symbols. The central deity is flanked above and below by four guardian figures. There is a repoussé Kalachakra symbol at the top of the ornament and an engraved oṃ symbol on its reverse side.

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