Miniature Shrine

Tibetan, Buddhist
18th–19th century

Object Place: Tibet


86.5 x 56.5 x 15 cm (34 1/16 x 22 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, clay, pigment, brass

Not On View




Religious and cult objects

Miniature shrine: polychromed wood cabinet with two doors that open to reveal numerous small terracotta Buddha figures that are adhered to the rear interior wall. The exterior of the shrine is painted on the facade in red and gold, with dancing celestials on the panel beneath the door opening. The edges around the door opening are chip-carved and painted in black and red. Some of the Buddha figures are painted in gold and blue. These small molded terracottas are probably votive figures, mass produced at pilgrimage sites for use as offerings, amulets, and souvenirs.


1917, purchased by Ananda Coomaraswamy for the MFA. (Accession Date: January 4, 1917)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund