ritual clothing; headdresses (head ornament)

Lama’s headdress or crown of five pointed arches of paper composition mountd on two leather bands. Each arch or leaf has one of the five Dhyani Buddhas -Amitbha, Vairochana, Akshobya, Amoghasiddhi and Ratnasambhava- painted on it centrally with his appropriated colour and mudra, the background is golden openwork with a triangle of three coloured circles: one blue and two green (the Three Jewels) above each Buddha’s head. The back of the leaves is painted red with a character written on each.

This type of crown is often worn in ceremonies such as fire pujas, ritual dances, and many other ritual ceremonies and practices, as a symbol which embodies the qualities of the buddhas depicted on it. In monasteries this type of crown would be worn by several of the high Rinpoches rather than belonging to an individual.

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