Indian and Himalayan Art
DiademMade in Donkar monastery, Chumbi Valley (Lingmatang), Tibet, Asia
Late 19th or early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan
Opaque watercolor and gold on cardboard with cloth
Currently not on view
1933-63-5dGift of Hannah Neil Wheeler in memory of Charles Wheeler, 1933
LabelThis type of diadem, called rigs-nga in Tibetan, is worn during special initiation rituals when the monk-officiate is temporarily incarnated as a divine figure. The individuals painted on it are the spiritual fathers of the vast Mahayana Buddhist pantheon who rule over the five directions (north, south, east, west, and center). Thus wearing this diadem calls upon the powers of the entire pantheon.