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Object Number:A1230
Current Location: Collections Storage
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 19th Century
Iconography:Eight Buddhist Symbols
wheel of the law
mystic knot
Conch Shell
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 40View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. pg. 52 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 30 No. 4View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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