About this object

Cultural context

Fountain vase, used in Buddhist temple near Buddha.

Physical description

Wooden vase with rounded shoulder and base and eight lobed segments. Decorated with gold lacquered birds and chrysanthemums with glass ? inset at the centres of each flower. Motifs of lotus, cranes, and fish are engraved on the top of the brass cover. Two pink and off-white blossoms, one green seed pod, four green lotus leaves, and one green arrow-shaped leaf, each with a long and bumbpy stem, are inserted into holes in the covering, and fit into holes on the inside bottom of the base.