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Zemer Choijin
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Created as a spiritual object to temporarily house the Zemer deity, this statue is the only one of its kind. It depicts mystical Buddhist iconography, produced using highly skilled hand-beaten copper techniques.

History of the Object
Zemer Choijin is a wrathful deity who rides a mule while holding a heart in his left hand and a spear in his right. The statue is made from copper and the deity’s face has been gilded. Hanging from his neck is a mystical mirror pendant inscribed with the letter Hre from the Daram alphabet. Five flags fly on his headpiece as he gallops along on his mule. Possessing powers to subdue enemies and clear obstacles, this deity was consulted by the state oracle, Lama G. Luvsankhaidav, to receive advice and assistance. The statue resides in the temple chamber formerly used by Luvsankhaidav to perform choijin ceremonies in which various tutelaries would be consulted through the oracle. It is not simply an aesthetic object but a temporary dwelling for deities and energies that could be accessed by the oracle.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Beaten copper 
Measurements
Width 90 cm. Height 140 cm. Length 60 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
Buddhist artwork 
Acquisition
The objects belonged to the Choijin Lama Temple and remained there when the temple became a temple museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Choijin Lama Temple Museum 
Museum
Choijin Lama Temple Museum 
Credit line
 

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