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Relic Box

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Object Number:
A1230
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience:
Tibet
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silver
Glass
Tin
Copper
Iconography:
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fish
Lotus
Umbrella
wheel of the law
mystic knot
Conch Shell
Vase
Lotus
Description:
Silver relic box with a little glass window. Shrine shaped, shouldered ogee arch form with central aperture of similar shape-glass. Two handles on either side. Sacred symbols of Buddhism on front: (clockwise from right top) fish, lotus, umbrella, wheel, endless knot, conch shell, vase, and lotus petals with ratna (gems). Silver top, copper back. Mixture of silver and lead for sides. The contents of this box include a piece of red cloth, probably from a lama's robe, and paper with printed prayers.
Credit Line:
Purchased from Alexander Scott

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)
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Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 40
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[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 30 No. 4
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