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Double tiered offering container
Place of Origin: Thailand
Date: approx. 1875-1925
Materials: Lacquered and gilded bamboo and wood with mirrored glass
Dimensions: H. 16 in x Diam. 16 in, H. 40.6 cm x Diam. 40.6 cm
Credit Line: Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2006.27.106
On Display: No

Description

Label: It is likely that the shape of this double-tiered offering container alludes to Mount Meru, the sacred mountain at the center of the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Among the figures depicted on the container are a Brahma deity, who exists above Mount Meru; a woman with a mirror (or fan), who may be a dweller on earth; and a half-woman-half-bird, a type of creature that lives in the forests on the slopes of Meru. Notice the depictions of animals on the lower tier. These are symbols of the twelve-year cycle.

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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012
Label: It is likely that the shape of this double-tiered offering container alludes to Mount Meru, the sacred mountain at the center of the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Among the figures depicted on the container are a Brahma deity, who exists above Mount Meru; a woman with a mirror (or fan), who may be a dweller on earth; and a half-woman-half-bird, a type of creature that lives in the forests on the slopes of Meru. Notice the depictions of animals on the lower tier. These are symbols of the twelve-year cycle.
Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012