University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameChorten
Object Number: 51-4-39
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 18th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Copper
Iconography:Chorten
Stupa
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number13 - Other Number

Description

Elaborate Tibetan type reliquary in the shape of a chorten (stupa). Two lions flanking three wish-fulfilling jewels appear on each side near the base. This is surmounted by a dome-shaped container with an arched niche containing an image of the Buddha. The container supports a thirteen ribbed spire with foliate scrolls below a canopy. The top finial is missing which would have likely had a sun and moon motif. Heavily gilded with a copper base inscribed on the bottom.


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