Kadampa stupa

DATE:
14th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Bronze and trace metals
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 50 x 25 31/32 in. (127 x 66 cm.)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
305 BUDDHIST GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
OBJECT NUMBER:
2001.263

General Description

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.

Adapted from

Anne Bromberg, DMA label text, 2003.

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