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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.
Shirley Day , New York (until 1992; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rugs and Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism," October 7, 2010–June 26, 2011.

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