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Base from a Purification Brazier

15th–17th century
Tibet, probably Derge
Iron inlaid with gold and silver
H. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm); W. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm); Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Shirley Day, in memory of Anthony Gardner, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
This brazier was used for burning sacrificial offerings during purification rites. The circle-on-a-square configuration is echoed in the fire-offering ladles displayed nearby. The base and the drum display a meandering lotus-flower decoration, the drum with four flaying knives in high relief. All the gold and silver decoration is damascened.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rugs and Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism," October 7, 2010–June 26, 2011.

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