Gold Pagoda for Hair Preserving


Qianlong Period, Qing Dynasty
Height: 147cm
Base: 70 * 70cm

The pagoda is made up of six parts: the base, the bottom, the belly, the neck, the top and the sun-moon structure, with jewels, turquoises and coral etc properly embedded in each layer. Behind the Buddha image enshrined inside the pagoda belly, there's a hair-holding case, which has the six-character words of wisdom adorned in the front and eight auspicious motifs around. The case is placed on a white sandalwood pedestal. The base of the pagoda is a red sandalwood Sumeru base with lotus petal design, bearing the date mark of "Made in Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty" in the front.

A total of over 3,000 liang of gold were used in the making of this pagoda, which was created by the imperial workshop. The design was approved by Emperor Qianlong. Techniques like welding, hammering and engraving were used to create the pagoda with elaborate motifs and a lofty and elegant structure.