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北齊 銅鎏金 淨瓶

Northern Qi dynasty (550–577)
H. 6 1/8 (15.6 cm); Diam. of rim (1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); Diam. of foot (1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of James Freeman, 2002
Accession Number:
Not on view
The shape of this vase most likely derives from Indian examples used to sprinkle water and other libations during ceremonies. Such vessels were introduced to China with Buddhism and can often be seen in the hands of bodhisattvas, particularly Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin). One of the Chinese names for vessels of this type is Guanyin ping, or “Avalokiteshvara vase.”
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