Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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.
[ Lockwood de Forest , New York, until 1915; sold to MMA]
Paris. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. "Dieux et Démons de l'Himâlaya: Art du Bouddhisme Lamaïque," March 25, 1977–June 27, 1977.

Haus der Kunst München. "Dieux et Démons de l'Himâlaya: Art du Bouddhisme Lamaïque," May 8, 1977–October 16, 1977.

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. "From the Land of the Snows: Buddhist Art of Tibet," October 3, 1984–November 15, 1984.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.