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Stem Cup for an Altar
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Stem Cup for an Altar


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Stemmed cups resembling wine vessels used at court figure prominently on Chinese Buddhist altars, where they are placed before devotional images and filled with water. A band of heart-shaped motifs on the stem of this cup evokes the head of the curved scepter carried by Buddhist deities and symbolic of monastic authority. On the bowl of the cup, Tibetan letters mounted above lotus blossoms are surrounded by coiling leaf patterns.
Provenance Owned by Mrs. P. R. Lyne, Salisbury MD; given to Walters Art Museum, January 1983.
Inscriptions [Reign Mark] In blue underglaze: Daoguang; Tibetan letters
Credit Gift of Ms. P. R. Lyne, 1983

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Period
1821-1850
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
49.2519
Measurements
H: 4 5/16 × Diam: 4 3/16 in. (11 × 10.7 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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