Plaque from a Tantric dancer's bone apron

DATE:
16th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Human bone
CLASSIFICATION:
Coins, Medallions and Plaques
DIMENSIONS:
6 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (16.51 × 3.81 × 3.18 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
305 BUDDHIST GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
2017.35.6

General Description

This small ivory piece was originally one of many plaques attached to the ceremonial regalia of a Himalayan monastic dancer. These plaques were decorated with the deities of Tantric Buddhism, like Mahakala, a wrathful deity. The monks performed sacred dances in which they communicated with the world of gods and spirits in a state of shamanic trance.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text.

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