Tibet, lamas with pandita hat

15th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

The pandita hat comes from India. It has a conical shape and long flaps over the ears.  (The yellow one is characteristic of the Gelugpas).

15th-16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th-16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On sculptures, it can be plain or decorated with an incised pattern.

14th century, Tibet, Nyingma lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Nyingma lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

16th century, same as before.

16th century, copper alloy, same as before.

Sometimes it is  slightly trunkated at the top (Nyingma tradition).

17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, Nyingma tradition, photo by Christie's-

17th century, Tibet, Nyingma lama, gilt copper alloy,  photo by Christie’s.

And normally slightly peaked at the base instead of forming a straight line across the forehead.

15th century, Tibet, Sakya lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Sakya lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Sakyapa lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by

16th-17th century, Tibet, Sakyapa lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, photo by Koller.

In the Sakya tradition,  the pandita hat it red. On sculptures it often looks like a helmet.

18th-19th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

18th-19th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

It can be worn flat like a cap.

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