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Ambrosia Container
Title Ambrosia Container
Accession Number 94.115/1-2
Title2 Ritual Vessel
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Silver
Component Material II Semi-Precious Stone
Manufacturing Technique Casted and inlaid
Country Tibet
Origin Place Tibet
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Dimensions Ht. 19.5; Wd. 18 cms
Detailed Description This is a ritual vessel with a detachable lid and two handles on either side, supporting the holy pot. The vessel is casted in silver and exhibits motifs executed in intricate incision technique as well as high relief. The neck of the vessel contains foliate patterns in high relief and symbols amidst them. Just below the neck, the vessel also has a register with auspicious Buddhist symbols in high relief and alternating incised foliage patterns. The most striking detail of this ritual vessel is its inlay work done with semi-precious stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral forming concentric bands. The body of the vessel (both back and front) has dragons in high relief. The lid of the vessel is also decorated with concentric bands of inlaid semi-precious stones and finally surmounted with an intricate knob. The inlaid handles ending in a sort of zoomorphic shape also adds character to the vessel. This container is probably meant to store holy water, during the ritual ceremonies and prayers in chapels and monasteries.
Brief Description This is a ritual vessel used for storing holy water during Buddhist ceremonies.