RARE TIBETAN SILVER 'ENLIGHTENMENT' BOWL
An early 20th-century Tibetan solid silver large antique bowl.
Heavily ornamented with hand repousse and chased foliage, lotus flowers and animals.
Lotus flowers represent enlightenment in Buddhism. Here the lotuses are in closed buds and full bloom, representing the stages of enlightenment.
"A closed lotus flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found Buddha or enlightenment. A lotus flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness." Ref: https://buddhists.org
These lotus flowers are interspersed with 12 Tibetan zodiac animals: rat, cow, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog and pig. They represent the cycle of life.
The two cartouches on the base, written in Mandarin Chinese. One translated as 'solid silver' and the other possibly the chop mark of the maker/artisan. The silver acid tested, and shows 900+ silver standard.
A beautiful antique silver Tibetan large bowl, which represents the processes of Buddhism enlightenment through the cycle of life.
DIMENSION: Diameter: 20.5cm (8"). Height: 11.2cm (4 1/2") approx.
CONDITION: It is in excellent condition for its age, without damage. No splits and no repairs.
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