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Sacrificial Container

17th–19th century
Gilt silver, sapphires, rubies, beryl, quartz, lapis lazuli, coral, shell, and turquoise
13 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (34.3 x 15.6 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
The stacked sections of the base of this container contained rice and other offerings for a deity. Conceptually organized around the axis of the universe, the various levels reference different planes of existence, moving, ultimately, to the realm of celestial beings at top.
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