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Altar Vessel: O.78C-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Unknown



Dark green with black spots; a Buddhist altar set of five pieces; consisting of two pricket candlesticks, two vases, and an incense burner. The two vases and incense burner are carved with ancient jade designs. The set are mounted on an elaborately carved wooden stand.


History note: This set was looted from Peking by a Russian in the Boxer riots of 1900 and was subsequently sold by them later in Russia

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O.C. Raphael Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.

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Accession number: O.78C-1946
Primary reference Number: 138378
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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