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Buddhist Ritual Object in Form of a Canopy on Lotus Base

Asian Art

This object is a testimony to the strength of Tibetan Buddhism in Qing Dynasty China. The Ritual Canopy represents one of the eight traditional symbols of the Buddha, and a set of all eight emblems would be set in a row on a Buddhist altar (the Ritual Canopy is assembled from several elements, and a decorative ribbon missing between the small vase and the lotus flower has been replaced by a plain brass rod). The labor and material lavished on cloisonné enamel Buddhist objects demonstrate the continued importance of Buddhist worship in the Qing Dynasty.

MEDIUM Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS overall: 15 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 12.1 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr.
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Buddhistic Shrine Vase (Dagaba, or t'a) The body, in form of a lotus thalamus, with light pink and white enameling, rests on a cloisonné stand, and supports a small enameled jar with symbolic fillets, above which the Buddhist "kai" or canopy, which is surmounted by the sacred Vajra emblem in gilt bronze.
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