stupa

painted wood, highlighted with gesso
Tibet or Northern Nepal, 19th cent.
high: 48 cm.

This type, one of the eight different forms of stupas (Asta Mahachaityas), is the so-called Ku btam Chorten, the stupa celebrating the birth of the Buddha at Kapilavastu.
The four steps of the base are round and decorated with lotus petals.

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