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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Stupa with three tiers of Buddhas in niches. Made of gilded and lacquered wood. Carved.

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 61.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    These are the twenty-eight Buddhas of the Past. They are named individuals who made prophecies to the future historical Buddha, Gotama, during his previous incarnations when he made a vow to become a Buddha in the future.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 July 2006

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean to remove worst dust and dirt before returning to newly refurbished KEB store. Check over surfaces and secure any parts at risk of imminent loss. Write requisitions for further work.


    The object was covered with surface dirt and dust, probably from long periods of being on open storage. There were in addition insect remains, spider webs etc.

    Treatment details

    Surface dust and dirt was removed using low powered vacuum suction and soft brush. Where appropriate, further cleaning was carried out using chemical sponge. In many cases, further cleaning would be potentially possible to remove more dirt.

    About these records 

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.

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Stupa (with Buddhas). Made of gilded and lacquered wood.

Stupa (with Buddhas). Made of gilded and lacquered wood.

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