Stoneware begging bowl, with bronze-bound mouth rim. The bowl has white glaze on the interior and brownish black glaze on the exterior.
- Made in: Henan (province)
- (Asia,China,Henan (province))
- Diameter: 102 millimetres
Published PDF date : Tang 8th-9th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
Tang dynasty, about AD 700–900
On display: G95/dc12/sh7
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Object reference number: RRC38721
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