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alms-bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.304

  • Description

    Stoneware begging bowl, with bronze-bound mouth rim. The bowl has white glaze on the interior and brownish black glaze on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC-9thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 102 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Tang 8th-9th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 304

    Alms bowl with iron-brown glaze


    Begging bowls, or alms bowls, are distinguished from ordinary bowls as they have rounded bottoms and interned mouths. The alms bowl is perhaps the most important object for daily use by a Buddhist monk. It is used as a vessel in which to collect alms (either money or food) from lay supporters. This example has a metal rim which enhances its status from simple clay. It is also covered with a white slip inside and iron-brown glaze outside.


    Stoneware with slip and iron-brown glaze and metal rim
    China 中國
    Tang dynasty, about AD 700–900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.32, no.103 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case12/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.304

Stoneware begging bowl, with bronze-bound mouth rim. The bowl has white glaze inside and brownish black glaze outside.

Stoneware begging bowl, with bronze-bound mouth rim. The bowl has white glaze inside and brownish black glaze outside.

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