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Tibet: Treasures From the Roof of the World

Basin with Phoenix
China, Qing dynasty, 18th Century
Basin with Phoenix

Tibet Museum
Photo Courtesy of Bowers Museum


Luxury objectsólike this gold basin decorated with turquoise and precious jewelsówere offered as gifts by Chinese emperors to high Tibetan lamas and members of their court. Sumptuous articles like this demonstrate the important relations maintained between the Chinese and Tibetan courts, and also reveal the opulent lifestyle led by the Tibetan nobility.

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