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Breast ornament

Breast ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Repousse silver and brass-gilt.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequethed by Lord Curzon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a ritual mirror used by oracles in trance to see the future. This type of mirror was strapped to the oracle's chest. Its central syllable 'Hrih' magically summons the wrathful protective deity Hayagriva, who is able to control the main deity Pehar, who is channelled through the oracle.

Physical description

A ritual mirror of convex form set within a circular frame of gilt brass. The outer frame bears a "Face of Glory" and the "Eight Auspicious Emblems" of Buddhism. The syllable Hrih is set at the centre of the silver inner section.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Repousse silver and brass-gilt.


Diameter: 17 cm

Object history note

Bequest of Lord Curzon.

Descriptive line

Brease ornament, ritual mirror of convex form set within a circular frame of gilt brass, Tibet 19th century


Silver; Brass


Repousse; Repousse


Ceremonial objects


South & South East Asia Collection

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