Ritual Ewer


Artist
Sri Lankan (Sri Lankan)
Date
circa 1600
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
: 9 5/8 x 6 x 4 3/4 in. (24.45 x 15.24 x 12.07 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.416

Label
Ewers of this type were traditionally used across Asia in Buddhist purification ceremonies for ritually washing a supplicant’s hands, feet or mouth or for sprinkling water on ritual objects and images as a form of blessing. As Buddhism expanded across Asia, this type of ewer was adopted and adapted by many different countries and cultures. This Sri Lankan example is based on an Indian model, but the pomegranate lid also suggests an influence from China.

Object Type
Metal