bell-shaped base surmounted by a square section with indented corners, a cone with thickly incised bands and topped with a finial with crescent and circle designs and organic motifs; stamped hide bottom

Chorten, 13th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2000.31.7

Not on Viewexpand_more

Commemorative stupas (Tibet: chorten) are the oldest symbols of Buddhism. Their dome-shaped form replicates the architectural structure of a stupa--a burial mound that originally was erected to inter the remains of the Buddha. A worshipper would have commissioned a chorten as an act of merit, and it also would have been a devotional object. Chortens frequently contain holy relics such as sacred scriptures and ashes of holy people.

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Chorten
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Artist
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2000.31.7
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bell-shaped base surmounted by a square section with indented corners, a cone with thickly incised bands and topped with a finial with crescent and circle designs and organic motifs; stamped hide bottom