Sep 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012

Mandala Base

Mandala Base

early 1400s

China, Ming dynasty

(1368–1644)

Cloisonné enamel

Diameter: 30.8 cm (12 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1987.58

Did you know?

In a meditation ritual known as Offering the Universe, the disc functioned as a mandala or cosmic diagram.

Description

A ritual object of Tibetan Buddhism, this cloisonné disc is used as the base for a three-dimensional mandala composed of miniature buildings. The decoration includes the lotus flowers and the Eight Buddhist Treasures: the wheel, the conch, the umbrella, the canopy, the lotus, the paired fish, the vase, and the endless knot.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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