18th-19th century
Asia: China, Tibet
Not on View

This impressive chest was likely used by high-ranking monks or a noble family to store manuscripts and other ritual objects. It is embellished with both Hindu deities, including Bhairava and Durga, as well as Buddhist divinitites such as Avalokiteshvara and the Buddha. The mixed iconography as well as the technique suggest that it was made along the Nepal-Tibet border when Hinduism and Buddhism flourish side by side.


  • Title: Chest
  • Date: 18th-19th century
  • Medium: Gilt copper repoussé inlaid with turquoise
  • Dimensions: 9 x 18-7/8 x 11-1/4 in. (22.9 x 47.9 x 28.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.11.1.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2014-03-28 to 2014-08-25

Durga: Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2005-10-07 to 2006-03-27

Painting and Sculpture from Nepal, Tibet and Northwest India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-09-22 to 1997-06-01
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 2: Art from the Himalayas & China, 2003, no. 117 pp. 170-171
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1185 p. 380
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