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A BUDDHIST COCO DE MER CEREMONIAL WATER CONTAINER

A BUDDHIST COCO DE MER CEREMONIAL WATER CONTAINER


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Religious Artifacts: Buddhist: Pre 1900: Item # 1203231
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This container was used to dip and pour water over her head of a stone or marble 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 Theravāda Buddhism throughout countries including most of continental Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand), parts of southwest China (mainly by the Shan and Tai ethnic groups), Vietnam (by the Khmer Krom) and Malaysia and Indonesia. No damage or repair. Excellent patina. Dimensions: Length: 11 ½ inches Height: 4 1/2 Width: 6 inches