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Forehead ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (made)

  • Date:

    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, covered with semi-precious and precious stones

  • Museum number:

    IM.160-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silver-gilt forehead plaque is covered with turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, aquamarine, zircon and freshwater pearls. Such forehead ornaments were fitted to large religious images by means of the hooks at each end. The Buddha figures represented in this example - at the centre, the red Amitabha Buddha, flanked by images of blue Buddha Akshobhya - suggest that it may have adorned a crowned image of one of the Five Meditational Buddhas, symbolic embodiments of particular aspects of Buddhahood. Images decorated with forehead plaques may still be seen in some shrines of the Kathmandu Valley today.

Physical description

A silver-gilt forehead plaque covered with turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, aquamarine, zircon and freshwater pearls.

Place of Origin

Nepal (made)

Date

18th century-19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, covered with semi-precious and precious stones

Dimensions

Length: 22 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Imre Schwaiger.

Descriptive line

Forehead ornament for an image, silver-gilt etc., 18th century, Nepal.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Clarke: Jewellery of Tibet and Himalayas, V&A Publications
ISBN 1 85177 4238, 2004, page 110, no.108.

Production Note

Kathmandu Valley

Materials

Silver-gilt; Turquoise; Coral; Lapis lazuli; Ruby; Sapphire; Diamond; Aquamarine; Zircon; Freshwater pearl

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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