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Miniature Dhyani Buddha

Accession Number
2006/2.63

Title
Miniature Dhyani Buddha

Artist(s)

Object Creation Date
19th century - early 20th century

Medium & Support
copper? set with mountain coral, turquoise, and lapis lazuli

Dimensions
1 7/16 in. x 1 in. x 3/8 in. ( 3.7 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.9 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing

Subject matter
A crowned and jeweled figure of a Dhyana Buddha (a primordial Buddha, venerated in Vajrayana Buddhism), shown seated with legs pendant.

Physical Description
A tiny tear-drop-shaped metal (copper?) pendant, edged with beading, serving as support for a minature seated image of a Dhyani Buddha, made of inlaid semi-precious stones and copper wire. This may have originally been part of a necklace or tiara, or part of a brooch for a high-ranking monk's ritual costume.

Primary Object Classification
Jewelry

Primary Object Type
pendant

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Rights
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Keywords
Buddhas (visual works)
Buddhism
Himalayan
Vajrayana
copperwork (visual works)

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Buddhism
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