Kadampa chorten or stupa

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  • Title

    Kadampa chorten or stupa

  • Associated place

    Tibet (place of creation)
  • Date

    13th - 14th century (1201 - 1400)
  • Material and technique

    silver, inset with semi-precious stones

  • Material index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    10.2 cm (height)
    4.8 cm (diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1997.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 32 | India from AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    Cast in silver and with three small stones inlaid along one edge of the harmika, this refined and very well preserved chorten adheres to the canons of form and proportion of the classic Kadampa type (cat. 54). There are no inscriptions or consecration marks on the base plate. In view of its pristine condition, diminutive size, and relatively light weight, one may speculate that this chorten may formerly have been placed inside an image of a lama or a Buddha, as part of its consecration contents.

    In: Heller, Amy, Early Himalayan Art (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2008)

Further reading

Heller, Amy, Early Himalayan Art (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2008), no. 60 on p. 166, p. 29, illus. p. 166

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