The use of gilt bronze frieze elements is most famously associated with the Kagyu monastic complex of Densatil, founded in the twelfth century and destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The panels embellished large wooden structures of reliquaries.
The present lot is a fine example of a relief panel salvaged from Densatil. For a related example, see U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1987, cat. no. 113G.