Bowl from Nara Period Japan

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 December 2017

This forged gilt bronze bowl dates from the 8th century CE. Bowls were one of the six items that a Buddhist priest was expected to have on his person. This bowl, used for making food offerings to the Buddha, was placed on a ring-like stand for stability. Its stately form --large with wide, flaring shoulders-- is unique to the Nara period in 8th-century Japan. Important cultural property. (Tokyo National Museum)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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