Buddhist Ritual Object in Form of a Canopy on Lotus Base
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is assembled from several elements, and a decorative ribbon missing between the small vase and the lotus flower has been replaced by a plain brass rod).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.
Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy
overall: 15 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 12.1 cm)
This item is not on view
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr.
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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