Finial of a Monk’s Staff, Anonymous, 800 - 900

Finial of a Monk’s Staff, Anonymous, 800 - 900

bronze (metal), h 18.5cm × d 8.0cm. More details

In antiquity sound played a major role in the Buddhist communities of Java. The bronze finial once adorned the top of a monk’s staff. The nine rings suspended from it would have jingled as he passed by, producing a purifying sound and also encouraging people to give alms. A Buddhist priest would use the handbell during a ritual, both to ward off evil spirits and to entreat the Buddhist deities.

On display in room 2-21 Asian art

Collections with this work

RijksStudio

joos masteling added this work to 3dimensies

January 18 2016 - 87 works 32 0

KAREN CLARK STUDIO added this work to Details

September 10 2015 - 406 works 658 1

Elizabeth Doyle added this work to Trinkets

September 2 2015 - 175 works 210 1

Make your own creations with this work