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Ban with dragon mount

Ban with dragon mount

14th century

Originating in India, banners were adopted across the Buddhist world as ritual adornments. This pair was made from sheets of gilded bronze with exquisitely incised floral designs and glass beads. They would have been placed inside a hall to ornament the ritual space. Smaller ones were set outside of the main worship place or carried in processions.
Gilded bronze and glass beads
6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
L.: 44 3/4 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Provenance: Dr. Fuller purchased from Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan; donated to Seattle Art Museum, 1968
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Fall and Winter in Japan", October 22, 2002 - February 23, 2003

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Discovering Buddhist Art - Seeking the Sublime", July 9, 2003 - June 3, 2005

Katonah, New York, Katonah Museum of Art, "Object As Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art & Ritual", January 14 - March 17, 1996. Circuit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, April 19 - June 30, 1996. (01/14/1996 - 03/17/1996)
Published ReferencesKatonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, "Object As Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art & Ritual", January 14- March 17, 1996, p. 36, ill. p. 37.

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