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Bust of the Buddha Dipamkara
70.45-48
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Speaking from an aesthetic point of view, this bust is certainly one of the most beautiful artworks in our collection. Moreover, it was beautifully crafted by an unknown artist of the 17th Century. It is still in perfect condition, complete with the ritually prescribed “five gemstones (pancaratna)” in the crown. During an exhibition last year, it quickly became a favourite of many visitors and museum staff.

History of the Object
According to the collector, F.K. Heller, this bust was formerly fixed on a wooden post wrapped with textile. On the occasion of the Panchadana festival, it was shown to believers in the King of Nepal´s Palace and in the Temple of Svayambhunath. The custom of showing busts of Dipamkara on wooden contraptions covered in textile is still preserved in the Samyak Dana Festival of Nepal.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze, Precious Stones 
Measurements
Height 46 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
17th Century 
Where it was made
Nepal 
Geography
Nepal 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century 
Function
Cult image of Newar Buddhism 
Acquisition
Donated by the collector, F. K. Heller (see the entry on Nr. 77.20:1, relief of the god Agni, India. He bought this bust in Nepal and donated it to the museum in 1970. 
Copyright
Saal/Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Museum
Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Inv.-Nr. 70.45:48 

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