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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 562

    An embroidered foliate crown with five Tathagathas

    TIBET, 16TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    An embroidered foliate crown with five Tathagathas
    Tibet, 16th century
    The crown with five petals, each portraying a Buddha seated on a lotus throne with a simple gold halo surrounded by clouds, the petals lined with a netted cotton and leather
    Silk face with embroidery and couched gilt-wrapped threads, mounted onto netted cotton and leather
    23¼ in. (59 cm.) wide


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    This embroidered silk crown, still in excellent condition, would have been made for a Tibetan Lama. The stitch was embroidered with two needles of thread instead of one, adding to the rarity of this piece. For similar crowns see Chinese Textiles, Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 5 - 23 December, 1994, p. 47, cat. nos. 46 and 47 and Chinese and Central Asian Textiles: Selected articles from Orientations 1983 - 1997, 1998, p. 44, fig. 5.

    Provenance

    Private Collection in Australia