This container was acquired in Cambodia used by senior Monks for two purposes.
First as an alms bowl/begging bowl.
Second as a ritual water dipper used to dip and pour water over her head of a stone, marble or bronze Buddha Image to bathe and cool. This is considered as an act of kindness and reverence and is believed to gain merit for the devotee performing the act.
The custom is to pour one container of water for each year of age of the devotee performing the ceremony.
This practice, using various types of dippers is common among Buddhist practicing Theravada Buddhism throughout countries including most of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myranmar, Thailand), parts of Southwest China), Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
No damage or repair. Excellent patina.
Dimensions: Length: 11 ½ inches
Height: 4 1/2
Width: 6 inches