HERITAGE OF BOGD KHAAN: Buddhist Ritual Objects

The Bogd Khaan Palace Museum

Buddhist Ritual Objects at the Bogd Khaan Palace

A kind of hat for Buddhist ritual of exorcism.
It's said that the 8th Bogd Jetsun Dampa used to wear it during the Khuree Tsam dance. This hat of exorcism has Soyombo script, a helmet crown with human skull finial on skull base, coral and turquoise strings and silver brim and lace. However, there was held Jakhar tsam dance at the Bogd Khaan Palace. The 8th Bogd Jetsun Dampa was the only monk who obtained the Buddhist degree of Kyabje rank among his former reincarnations and he composed a volume for Tsam dance.

CYMBALS
Bronze all cymbals with embossed patterns of dragon and eigth auspicious symbols on the domed cap and attached red, green and blue khadag, sacred scarves.

ROSARY
A rosary made of human skull beads and big coral knob beads.

PHURBU
A three-bladed steel phurbu, ritual instrument of Buddhist exorcism, with a handle whit embossed depictions of human heads. The 8th Bogd Jetsun Dampa used this phurbu during the religious Tsam dance.

ROSARY
Coral rosary with 108 coral beads with turquoise bars, brass “four-barley” links.

ROSARY
An ivory rosary with beads carved in the shape of human skulls.

BUTTER LAMP
A butter lamp with embossed yajra patterns along the brims of the bowl and the base, a stem decorated with three flower patterns and a base with embossed lotus pattern.

STOVE
A silver alloy and brass hearth stove with tripod legs in the shape of lion head, embossed patterns of zee bad, flower and knob on openwork cover.
The 8th Bogd Jetsun Dampa used this heart as a heating stove by keeping burning ashes inside in his snow leopard skin ger.

SKULL CUP
A human skull cup plated with silver sheet and a vajra-topped silver lid.

CAPE, APRON AND SLEEVELET

The cape is called as “dodgag” in Tibetan. The green satin cape with 2 coral buttons, embroidered with satin-stitch and couched “hammer” and flower patterns and body chain adornment with ivory carvings of 5 images of Buddha Shakyamuni, 6 vajras, one visvavajra, 28 circular flowers and 2 butterfly plates stringed with ivory beaded strings and 21 gilt brass bells. The green satin apron is called as “madgag” in Tibetan. The apron with embroideries of fish, horse, cloud, dragon, butterfly and banner and green ivory carvings of 13 Buddha images, 38 circular flowers, 26 small flowers and 7 ox-heads are connected with bead strings in lattice-like crochet pattern.

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Art Researcher - GUNCHIN-ISH, Tsegmed
Art Researcher - SARANBOLOR, Gan-Ochir
MA in Philosophy & translator - KHATANBAATAR, Choi

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