ritual crown (ringga)
paint and gold on blind-pressed papermaché
Tibet, 14th cent.
wide: 48 cm; each leave ca. 19 cm. high.
very rare and early ringga, painted with the five Tathagatas, with their animals below.
A stone printing-mould for the leaves used to be in the collection of Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, and was sold at Christies in New York in March 2008 (nr. 425).