Buddhist Ritual Object in Form of a Canopy on Lotus Base
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This piece was once displayed on a Buddhist altar in a group representing the Eight Buddhist Treasures, each appearing on a matching base with a lotus at the center. Common additions to Chinese and Tibetan decorative arts, the Treasures symbolize Buddhist ideals and include such items as an endless knot, a golden fish, and a conch shell. The canopy shown here, also called a parasol, represents the shelter provided by Buddhism.
Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy
overall: 15 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
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.
Buddhist Ritual Object in Form of a Canopy on Lotus Base, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, overall: 15 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr., 09.662. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.662_PS2.jpg)
overall, 09.662_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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