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104 objects
F1974.21.3a-e

Box

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F1974.13

Buddhist altar pendant (keman)

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Pendant metal disks, known as keman, are believed to have originated in floral wreaths brought as Buddhist votive offerings. In this example, the cord tied in a bow probably is based on that which originally bound garlands of real flowers. On either side of the cord are circular medallions supported upon lotus flowers. Sanskrit letters …