Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Ritual Object

ཆོས་ཆས། 法器
(item no. 65393)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Bon
Material Metal
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Funerary House (Tibetan: se kang, purkang) of the Bon religious tradition of the Himalayas, Tibet and Central Asia. A metal ritual house such as this would typically be used in funeral services and ritual practices related to the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the intermediate state between death and rebirth. It is identified as a Bon object by the symbols below the over hang of the upper roof. Each direction is represented by a specific symbol: flower, jewel, wheel and yungdrung (svastika). These four are the direction symbols unique to the Bon religion.

Jeff Watt 3-2007

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Thematic Sets
RMA: Ritual Objects
Ritual Object: Main Page
Sculpture: Repousse (Images in the Round)
Sculpture: Architectural Art Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Bon Artworks