Base from a Purification Brazier

Tibet, probably Derge

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.

Base from a Purification Brazier, Iron inlaid with gold and silver, Tibet, probably Derge

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