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Sculpture - Holy Water Vessel

Holy Water Vessel

  • Object:

    Sculpture

  • Place of origin:

    Indonesia (made)

  • Date:

    14th century- 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    IS.7-1994

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 18

Physical description

A globular vessel with a cover in the form of a stylised mountain, intended to hold amrita, the hold nector resulting from the churning of the ocean of milk in Hindu creation myths. Such vessel were associated with the use of sanctified water in libations.

Place of Origin

Indonesia (made)

Date

14th century- 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 16 cm

Object history note

Bought from Anthony Plowright.

Descriptive line

Hanging ceremonial censor, Majapahit style, East Java, Indonesia

Labels and date

Water Vessel
1300–1600
This vessel is a miniature version of the mythical mountain
at the centre of the Hindu and Buddhist universe. It is also
reminiscent of the temple complex at Borobodur in central
Java. The vessel held the sanctified water used in religious
ceremonies. Symbolically, the water became amrita, the nectar
that resulted from the churning of the ocean of milk in Hindu
creation myths.
Bronze
Indonesia (East Java)
Museum no. IS.7-1994 [14/06/2011]

Production Note

East Java, Indonesia

Categories

Bronze; Hinduism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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