Three-dimensional mandala in the form of golden pagoda-roofed palace decorated with colorful inset stones

Yamantaka Palace Mandala

Potala Palace, Lolang Lhakhang, Lhasa, U region, central Tibet


gilt brass repoussé on wooden armature, with precious stone and other inlays

diameter ca. 12 ft. 6 in. (3.8 m), height ca. 71 in. (1.8 m)

Photo Credit
photograph after Hongxiao Liu. 1999. Gems of the Potala Palace. Beijing: Zhongguo min zu she ying yi shu chu ban she, 92

Figural sceneries of the Eight Cemeteries are around the mandala. The torana elements were donated by the Qianlong emperor (the Chinese inscription above the four archway structures reads: Da Qing Qianlong nian shi).

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