A rare bronze vessel for Hindu or Buddhist rituals, Indonesia, Eastern Java, ca. 10th.-13th. century AD.
Large bronze Holy Water Vessel with a disc shaped top and a smaller opening. The disc superbly cast and afterwards engraved with an intricate patters, multible knobs on the rim. The flat base with linear decoration. Cast in a high silver content bronze.
Refference: See a similar bronze bowl in 'Devine bronze' - Ancient Indonesian bronzes from 600-1600 AD (Paulene Lunnsinggh Scheurleer and Marijke J. Klokke, cataloque of Exhibition in Amsterdamn Rijksmuseum, 1988, #89.
Size: 18,5 cm. wide and 9-10 cm. tall. ca. 970 gr.
Condition: Very fine. Finely patinated with 'tinned' and silverish surfaces. Basically uncleaned, with many pockets of hard earthern and green encrustations. A pocket at one side could hide a crack, we're not certain. Interesting object for professional cleaning and study.
Ex. Old Swedish Collection, formerly in an Indonesian professors collection, bought in the 1970s-1980s.