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Face of Bhairava
Face of Bhairava, c. 16th century
Mercury-gilded copper alloy with rock crystal, paint, foil, and glass decoration
28 1/4 × 29 1/4 × 14 3/4 inches (71.8 × 74.3 × 37.5 cm)
Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 1998
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Gilding the Lotus: Enriching the Himalayan Collection
June 10, 2006 - November 26, 2006

As symbols of wealth—both material and spiritual—gold, ivory, and gemstones are revered worldwide. In the Buddhist and Hindu art of Tibet and Nepal, such riches are used to create magnificent images that are inherently pious offerings, believed to benefit the donor, creator, and all who view them.

Exhibition Minutes

All that glitters may, in fact, be gold...
Listen to or download curator Katherine Anne Paul's Podcast.
Available in Exhibition Minutes Podcast - iTunes

Gilding the Lotus: Enriching the Himalayan Collection not only reflects the Himalayan love of visual opulence, but also emphasizes the Museum’s historic and continuing dedication to enriching understanding of the sophisticated religious arts of the Himalayan region. Many of these sumptuous treasures are on view for the first time.


Katherine Anne Paul • Assistant Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art


Gallery 232, second floor

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