Alms Bowl

c. 900s
Overall: 12.8 x 23.8 cm (5 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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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.
Alms Bowl

Alms Bowl

c. 900s

Japan, Heian period (794–1185)

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