Initiation crown with skulls
- 18th–19th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Gilt, paint, and leather
- Overall: 10 31/32 x 23 x 1/4 in. (27.9 x 58.4 x 0.6 cm.)
- Arts of Asia
- 304 SNAIL GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alconda-Owsley Foundation
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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Crowns or headdresses like this example are used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals. They are worn by young men during initiation ceremonies when they are accepted as monks in a Tibetan monastery, or during ritual chanting or monastic ritual dances. The five skulls act as reminders of the transience of human life and emphasize the teaching that a Buddhist must transcend fear of death and attachment to life in order to escape the cycle of reincarnation.
- Label text, Anne Bromberg, 2006.
- Asian Art Museum
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