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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is assembled from several elements, and a decorative ribbon missing between the small vase and the lotus flower has been replaced by a plain brass rod).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.

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 Vadjra emblem in gilt bronze.


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