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is assembled from several elements, and a decorative ribbon missing between the small vase and the lotus flower has been replaced by a plain brass rod).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.
- Medium: Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 1736-1795
- Dynasty: Qing Dynasty
- Period: Qianlong Era
- Dimensions: Height: 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 09.662
- Credit Line: Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Buddhist Ritual Object in Form of a Canopy on Lotus Base, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, Height: 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr., 09.662. Creative Commons-BY
- 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.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)