- 14th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Bronze and trace metals
- Overall: 50 x 25 31/32 in. (127 x 66 cm.)
- Arts of Asia
- 305 BUDDHIST GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
- OBJECT NUMBER:
This Tibetan stupa, called a chorten, is large enough for worshipers to walk around it, reciting ritual prayers. The rising tiers symbolize the Buddha's progress toward enlightenment, or nirvana. Offerings of various kinds were usually enclosed in the chorten. In Buddhist art, a stupa is a memorial to a deceased holy figure. Stupas range from large-scale architecture to small objects of meditation.
Anne Bromberg, DMA label text, 2003.
- Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Met
Read more about Tibetan Buddhist art.