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It is believed that many metalworkers at this time were Buddhist monks working for their vihara religious schools. As the number of gods and goddesses increased with legends, outside influences, and new scriptures, metalworkers were kept busy making more and more deities. Demand of the people, skills of artisans, and productivity of metalworkers also developed. Goldsmiths decorated temples and made ornaments. The artists sometimes used a high percentage gold in bronze, e.g. Tara, seventh century, held anonymously and there seems to have been contact between metalworkers of Nepal and the area that was ruled by the Guptas about this time though styles remained distinct and unique. Kathmandu Valley had begun to export metal art to Tibet by the tenth century.
First the door cover. On the side of the door you see a decorative heavy cotton material, this is a cover that allows for air, keeping the room from getting too hot in the Summer. The door is very ornate. Look at the bottom of the photo for that very cool lock that is still in place and working. The metal on the door is brass. Yes, I would love a monk money to tear apart this door so I could have the metal but that isn't cool. I do know dealers who travel with Tibetan guides and do offer money but you have to be so lucky to hear, "ok", that I don't even try it. Now if a Tibetan monk offers something for sale then I think everything is fair game to ask for but this is rare so I wait for things like this to come to market.