pillar for an altar-construction
firegilded copper (cast)
Tibet, 14th cent. (Densatil-monastery)
high: 19 cm.
The famous Densatil-monastery, destroyed by the Chinese Red Gards in 1966, was once the richest monastery of Tibet, because of the patronage of the Phagmodrupa-family. The decoration of the interior of the main temple, and the huge gilded memorial-stupas were made by Nepalse artists. Since the demolition a large number of fragments, and statues belonging to those stupas, were dispersed and turned up in various Western collections.
see: Olaf Czaja and Adriana Proser (ed.), Golden Visions of Densatil, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, New York (Asia Society Museum), 2014.