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A Gilt Bronze Stupa
Tibet, 13th Century
The domed base rising from a double lotus frieze with beaded rim and supporting the stepped harmika, one side with turquoise and rock crystal inlay, surmounted by a tapered parasol and lotus bud finial, richly gilt overall, the base sealed
11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high

Lot Essay

This is a rare gilt example, characteristic for the Kadampa sect, that remains consistent in shape and form throughout the 13th century; for a larger ungilt example of this type, in the Zimmerman Collection, see P. Pal, Art of the Himalayas, 1991, cat. no. 55.

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