Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

19th - early 20th century

Rock crystal (quartz) with incised, pierced, and relief decoration; wood base

20 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches (52.4 x 26.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Major General and Mrs. William Crozier, 1944

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Pagodas are used to mark the burial site of Buddhist relics or the tomb of a Buddhist monk. This carving, modeled after a pagoda, was commissioned by the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-95) for a hall located in the imperial park in Beijing. One inscription around the lower middle section of the pagoda says, "I humbly trust myself to Amituofo," and another along the rim of the base states, "Qianlong period of the great Qing dynasty." On the underside of the base is a carved mark that means "Hall of Receiving Light" (Chengguang dian), referring to the building that housed this carving.

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