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Alms Bowl

Alms Bowl

c. 900s

Gilt bronze

Overall: 12.8 x 23.8 cm (5 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1949.156

Description

Alms bowls used by Buddhist monks to receive donations have traditionally been made of iron or wood. This bowl, made of gilt bronze and decorated with incised designs of birds and flowers in roundels as well as butterflies, is instead a luxury item likely meant for a Buddhist altar, where it would have contained offerings for a Buddhist deity.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Gilt bronze

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