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Bird Offering Container


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description Donations to temples are believed to confer merit not only on the donor but also on all living beings. For this reason, altars are filled with gifts, such as food, flowers, and incense, that have been donated by devotees. Beautifully crafted vessels like this one, with its image of a semi-divine bird known as a hamsa, were given to hold these items.
Conservation

The offering dish was extensively treated to stabilize flaking pigmented lacquer in 2011-12. The Southeast Asian thitsi lacquer surface decoration continued to flake in four small areas under the wings, which are made of tinned sheet iron. The flaking was consolidated with an acrylic adhesive.

Date Description Narrative
11/29/2016TreatmentStabilized for exhibit
Provenance Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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Period
19th-20th century
Medium
wood, metal, gilding, glass inlay, lacquer, and leather
(Wood)
Accession Number
61.344
Measurements
Overall H: 19 1/2 × W: 8 1/16 × D: 8 1/8 in. (49.5 × 20.5 × 20.7 cm); Base H: 2 15/16 × 6 in. (7.5 × 15.3 cm); Lid H: 115/8 × 8 1/16 × 8 1/8 in. (29.5 × 20.5 × 20.7 cm); Bottom of Bird H: 2 1/8 × 2 7/8 × 4 3/4 in. (5.4 × 7.3 × 12.1 cm).
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