Bowl with the Eight Buddhist Treasures


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220

Replete with Buddhist iconography, this large bowl was likely intended to hold offerings on an altar table. The exterior features bold lotus flowers in alternating colors, while the interior shows the Eight Buddhist Treasures: wheel, conch, parasol, canopy, flower, precious vase, two fish, and endless knot. At the bottom of the bowl, two carp swim in a pond, its dark waters contrasting with the luminous gilding of the cloisonné wires.

Bowl with the Eight Buddhist Treasures, Cloisonné enamel, China

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