About this object

Parts for a ritual rice offering. It consists of a flat bottoml silver bowl with deep repousse work featuring figures and elephants in thick foliage. There are three beaded rings in diminishing sizes and a silver finial.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    20th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Cotton; Wood; Silver; Bead; Glass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Hugh E Richardson
  • Collector
    Hugh E Richardson
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
    1950 before
  • Measurements
    168 mm x 28 mm
  • Note
    The bowl, rings and finial are used to create a mountain-like tower of barley flour (tsampa) or rice, as an offering that represents the Universe to the Buddha. Those who follow this meditation practice might perform the make of the offering repeatedly on a daily basis, then placing it on a shrine as an offering. It symbolises Mount Meru or the centre of the Universe.
  • Related people
    Hugh E Richardson ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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