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Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa

Asian Art

DATES 986 A.D.
DYNASTY Song dynasty
DIMENSIONS height: 14 in. (35.6 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS The inscription may be translated as: The monk Congcheng, who expounds the Vimalakirti Sutra at the Weiguo Monastery on Zuo Avenue, and his mother Madame Zhao [commissioned] to be manufactured one silver reliquary stupa [in the form] of the Stupa of the Abundant Treasures Buddha (Prabhutaratna), with the wish that: Those nearby may take Maitreya as their kin Those afar may attend Him at the Dragon Flower Tree That all sentient beings in the experiential realms May together attain the fruit of becoming a Buddha Recorded on the twenty-fourth day of the eighth lunar-month in the third year of the Yongxi reign period of the Great Song dynasty (30 September 986), by Li Lingxun, maker of the stupa.
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CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Walter N. Rothschild and anonymous gift, by exchange
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CAPTION Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa, 986 A.D. Silver, height: 14 in. (35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Walter N. Rothschild and anonymous gift, by exchange , 2012.5a-d. Creative Commons-BY
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Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa