Crown Top or Usnisha Cover

Repoussé gold sheet and gold wire, with crystal finial | 14.5 x 3.6cm | late 9th-early 10th century

Unknown Artist

This crown was intended to cover the topknot of a person or statue. The small curls evoke the story of snails crawling onto the Buddha's head to protect him from the hot sun. The crystalline stone at the top of the crown represents the protuberance o...
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