A Skull Bowl of Tibetan Buddhism

4 years ago

Lot No. :ZG-S-308
Centuries of Style:Qing dynasty (1*) (1644-1911)
Feature:A skull bowl. Tibetan Buddhism (2*),more than 500 tourmaline beads,silver filigree (3*) and crystal.
Pattern :Flowers
Source:Private collection
Status:For sale (POA)
1* The Qing dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China. The Ten Great Campaigns of the Qianlong Emperor from the 1750s to the 1790s extended Qing control into Central Asia. Qianlong propagated the image of himself as Buddhist sage rulers, patrons of Tibetan Buddhism.
2* Tibetan Buddhism is the body of religious doctrine and institutions characteristic of Buddhism in Tibet, Mongolia, Tuva, Bhutan, Kalmykia, Buryatia and certain regions of the Himalayas, including northern Nepal, and India. Religious texts and commentaries are contained in the Tibetan Buddhist canon such that Tibetan is a spiritual language of these areas. Among its prominent exponents is the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The number of its adherents is estimated to be between ten and twenty million.
3* Filigree (leisi) is one of the traditional techniques of metalworking (gold), also known as "huazuo" or "huawen". It is the most delicate technique in metalworking, by drawing gold and silver into thin threads before braiding them into a variety of patterns to be welded to the top of other objects. Three-dimensional filigree is the hardest to achieve. It starts with an "ash heap" where charcoal is grinded into fine powder, it it then soaked in baiji grass mucus to create a mold, often of figures or animals. The filigree is then performed on top of the mold. It is then soldered and placed in fire to destroy the mold. The final product is a hollow and exquisite fine piece of art. The gold filigree is the most precious due to its difficulty.
There have been hundred thousands of filigrees sold, most of which were jewelry. The highest grade of filigree jewelry was undoubtedly the emperor’s crown. Other objects include palace ornaments, such as the valuable royal vase which was also decorated with gemstones.


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