A Royal Gold Ceremonial Crown (Lamba)
19th / early 20th century
W: 10 1/4"
This lamba depicts a central sun motif, surrounded by warriors on horseback and vegetal tendrils reaching to the sky. The designs represent the potency and wealth of a royal clan and would have once been an integral part of a lineage’s heirloom treasures. The “heat” from the magical lamba was considered so powerful, even dangerous, that it was worn by a surrogate of the king, usually a favored slave or commoner. It is an old example and one of the very first gold crowns to come out of the field in 1976.
Inventory # 102612