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A RARE REPOUSSE GILT-BRONZE ALMS BOWL
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A RARE REPOUSSE GILT-BRONZE ALMS BOWL

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A RARE REPOUSSE GILT-BRONZE ALMS BOWL QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY Well cast in repoussé with eight mythical beasts evenly spaced around the exterior amidst a dense leafy meander bearing lotus blooms, all above upright lappets and below a band at the mouth comprising the bajixiang, beribboned and raised on lotus pedestals, alternated with lotus blooms borne on scrolling stems, the flattened base incised with a double-vajra 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) wide, box

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Alms bowls of this type was used in Buddhist rituals, cf. two related examples both cast in openwork and impressed with Qianlong marks; the first included in the exhibition catalogue, Monarchy and its Buddhist Way, Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Implements in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1999, p. 178, no. 86; and the other illustrated in ultural Relics of Tibetan Buddhism Collected in the Qing Palace, Beijing Palace Museum, Forbidden City Press, 1992, p. 178, no. 134.

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