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Basin used for a Buddhist hand-washing ceremony

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (Itokuin Temple) (place of creation)
    1345 or 1406
    Material and technique
    zelkvoka wood, covered in black, red, and clear lacquer
    15.8 cm (height)
    33.2 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    organicvegetal wood,
    Technique index
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    No. of items
    Credit line
    Purchased with the assistance on an anonymous benefactor, 2002.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 24 May 2006-23 December 2008, Treasures: Antiquities, Eastern Art, Coins, and Casts: Exhibition Guide, Rune Frederiksen, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2006), no. 134 on p. 49, illus. p. 49

Glossary (2)

Buddhist hand-washing ceremony, lacquer

  • Buddhist hand-washing ceremony

    Buddhist monks would wash their hands in the repentance ceremony, or fusatsu in Japanese, held on the fifteenth day of each month.

  • lacquer

    Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.


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