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)
Uploaded by James Blake Wiener, published on 19 December 2017 under the following license: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.