Buddhist Shrine

Buddhist Shrine

Buddhist shrine made of embossed bronze sheet, gilded with gem inlays. In the private houses of Nepal, it is common to set up a small house shrine for prayer, especially for the daily worship of the “family deity” (Kul-devata). They were used for private prayer and, if they were small, were also carried on trips. At the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th century, particularly valuable shrines were made. The cult image of this particularly artistically crafted shrine is the crowned Buddha Akshobhya made of rock crystal. He sits on a throne decorated with a lotus flower. The Buddha Amitabha is enthroned in the gable field.

Details

  • Title : Buddhist Shrine
  • Year : around 1800
  • Classification : Cultural Objects
  • Medium : Driven bronze sheet, gilded
  • Dimension : Height: 77.2 cm ; Object size: 76 x 51.5 x 17.5 cm ; Weight: approx. 20 kg (estimated: T. Gabsch)
  • Accession No : Identification number. I 9906
  • Country/ Geo-location : NEPAL
  • Museum : Pergamon Museum
  • Collection : Museum of Asian Art South, Southeast and Central Asia
  • Photo : Museum for Asian Art of the State Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage Photographer: Susanna Schulz