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Reliquary bowl and cover

Reliquary bowl and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain gold formed by raising.

  • Museum number:

    02752A/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

An undecorated reliquary consisting of a raised domed cover resting on the flared rim of a raised shallow bowl containing calcined bones and ashes.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Plain gold formed by raising.

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm, Diameter: 24 cm at the widest point

Object history note

Excavated by labourers when building barracks on the site of an old pagoda east of the Shwe Dagon, Rangoon in 1855. It is possible that the bowl originally contained the ashes of Queen Sh in Sawbu (1453-1472). Found in the same excavation as the model pagoda - 02755(IS) and the ceremonial helmet - 02758(IS).

This is a reliquary bowl, made of solid gold and without ornamentation of any kind. Its simplicity makes it look contemporary in design and as an object of Mon-Shan metalwork, it is pleasing. However, if the ordinary person in Pegu at the time never possessed such vessels, they are typical of court art of the great Mon kingdom of the south.

Descriptive line

Burmese covered reliquary bowl of plain gold. ca. 15th century. Mon Period.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Sykes, Colonel
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1860, p298

Production Note

Excavated by labourers when building barracks on the site of an old pagoda east of the Shwe Dagon, Rangoon, in 1855. There is an opinion that the bowl originally contained the ashes of Queen Shin Sawbu (1453-1472)

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Raising

Categories

India Museum

Production Type

Unique

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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