Ritual apron

19th century (made)


Height: 112 cm Total, Width: 78 cm Total

IS.1:7-2007 SSEA

Apron made of carved bone plaques and beads, Tibet, 19th century

An apron consisting of seven vertically placed rectangular bone plaques each carved in low relief with a dancing dakini. Between each is a small square plaque (five in total) joined diagonally and horizontally by lines of bone beads. Thirty-six carved plaques beneath this are held in a criss cross lattice of double rows of bone beads. Each plaque is decorated with one of the Eight Auspicious Emblems or with Faces of Glory. From the bottom most row of plaques hang single rows of beads with bone "bells" at their ends.

Part of a ritual costume made from carved human bone, formerly worn in Tibet by lamas (priests) of the Nyingmapa or 'Old Order' of Tibetan Buddhism during exorcisms. Such costumes were also worn by other Tibetan Buddhist orders during exorcistic monastic dances.

Formerly on loan from Captain E.W.Fletcher.

Location: In Storage

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