COSMIC BUDDHA

COSMIC BUDDHA

The central core is constituted by the convex part (bum-pa) of a Stupa which was to be welded to an underlying drum and to a base which cannot be established whether it was originally made of wood, stone or metal. On the drum were placed, in the four directions of space, the four figures of the Jina in embossed and gilded copper.
The bum-pa is dominated by a typically Nepali-shaped Harmika, above which rises a cusp formed by nine rings and ending in an Amalaka on which the support of a rock crystal sphere rests.
The further development in height, supported by an overlapping metal structure, is probably a later addition. It presents a succession of three chattras (parasols as a sign of royalty), again an Amalaka and a new cusp culminating in the jewel symbolizing the radiance of the Doctrine.

Details

  • Title : COSMIC BUDDHA
  • Year : Second half of the 17th century
  • Classification : Cultural Objects
  • Medium : Embossed and Gilded Copper
  • Dimension : height 77 cm
  • Accession No : OBJECT NUMBER Hb / 46
  • Country/ Geo-location : Nepal
  • Museum : Museum of Oriental Art (Turin)