compressed spherical form on a high pedestal foot; domed cover with knob of concentric graduated disks surmounted by pear-shaped finial

Buddhist Reliquary, 7th-8th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  99.178.1a,b

Not on Viewexpand_more

Stupa-form reliquaries were used during Tang (618-906) by priests performing ceremonial worship. Ancient paintings show vessels like this placed on altars in front of Buddha images. Such containers usually held relics of a Buddhist saint (Sarira), or small precious objects that represented these persons.

The domed cover is surmounted by a stupa-form knob symbolizing different stages of Buddhist existence. A similar reliquary was discovered in 1983 among the remains of a Tang dynasty pagoda in the vicinity of the Longmen cave temples at Loyang.

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Buddhist Reliquary
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Artist
Accession Number
99.178.1a,b
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compressed spherical form on a high pedestal foot; domed cover with knob of concentric graduated disks surmounted by pear-shaped finial