Alms Bowl, c. 900s

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Title

Alms Bowl, c. 900s

Description

This bronze alms bowl has engraved motifs of both flowers and butterflies all around. Its form seems to resemble that of an upside-down mushroom cap. The lip of the bowl seems to be curved inwards.

Format

jpg; 1144x893

Creator

Unknown

Source

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Date

Heian Period (794-1185)

Coverage

Japan

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Contributor

J. H. Wade Fund

Type

Bronze

Publisher

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Gilt Bronze

Physical Dimensions

Overall: 12.80 x 23.80 cm (5 x 9 5/16 inches)

Museum Description

In the Heian period, there were strong connections between the aristocracy and the Buddhist clergy. During this period, Buddhist monks’ furnishings, robes, walking staffs, incense burners, and even begging bowls became increasingly ornate. Alms bowls used by Buddhist monks to receive donations have traditionally been made of iron or wood. This bowl, made of gilt bronze and decorated with incised designs of birds and flowers in roundels as well as butterflies, is instead a luxury item likely meant for a Buddhist altar, where it would have contained offerings for a Buddhist deity.

Citation

Unknown, “Alms Bowl, c. 900s,” Art of Japan, accessed December 3, 2022, http://artjapan.ohio5.org/items/show/149.

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