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Antique Tibetan Tulku Ceremonial Lacquer Hat
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Antique Tibetan Tulku Ceremonial Lacquer Hat

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1800: Item # 1247296
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Rare wide brimmed Tibetan hat, meant to be worn by reincarnated lamas of a high-rank, called Tulku, who have the power to choose their manner of rebirth. It is covered in a copper/gold lacquer over incised designs with coiled dragons, flowers, and various Buddhist symbols. The inner part has pierced characters and a raised design, and is topped with a bronze and quartz finial with auspicious designs. Inside of hat has an illegible signature. 17th century Size: 14.75" wide, 6" tall