TRIBAL & ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES
PSW00009 • GILT BUDDHIST ALTAR FLOWERS

Primary Source at Santa Monica Tribal Arts Show, November 2007

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PSW00009
GILT BUDDHIST ALTAR FLOWERS.
CARVED WOOD WITH GOLD LEAF GILDING.
JAPAN.
EDO PERIOD (1600 – 1868)

A group of fourteen wood lotus altar ornaments or “jôka” (literally “everlasting flowers”) from a Buddhist altar. Flowers of this type were placed in bronze vases as ritual offerings in place of real flowers. The group includes flowers, buds, seed pods and leaves of various shapes.

The lotus or “hasu” is a symbol of beauty and purity. The lotus is also a symbol of Buddha for, like Buddha who is born of this world but destined for the divine world, the lotus rises above the mud of a pond to bloom in perfection. Some of the lotus have minor chips and losses due to use & age.

PENDING

Other specimens may be available. Inquire.

 

Buddhist Altar Flowers

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