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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is assembled from several elements, and a decorative ribbon missing between the small vase and the lotus flower has been replaced by a plain brass rod).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)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.662
    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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