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Cup Stand with the Eight Buddhist Treasures

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
14th century
Silver with repoussé decoration
H. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm); Diam. of rim: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); Diam. of foot: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 2006 Benefit Fund, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
The objects resting on lotus buds on the interior of this cup stand represent seven of the Eight Buddhist Treasures: a wheel, an endless knot, a conch shell, a victory banner, lotus flowers, a pair of fish, and a treasure vase. (The traditional eighth treasure, a parasol, has been substituted here by a pair of elephant tusks.) After the fourteenth century these symbols, not necessarily in a group of eight, appeared on metalwork, porcelains, and textiles in China and Tibet.
[ Bluett & Sons Ltd. , London, until 1992] ; private collection , United States (from 1992) ; [ Anthony Carter Limited , London, 2007; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

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