Three-dimensional golden mandala in the form of palace situated atop four cylinders of decreasing diameter

Mount Meru Palace Mandala

Yachengar Monastery, Kham region, eastern Tibet (present-day Sichuan Province)

gilt metal repoussé

height ca. 71 in. (1.8 m)

Photo Credit
photograph by Rolf Koch, 2018

The three upper tiers are filled with semi-precious stones, crystals, glass particles, cowry shells, and other materials.

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