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Stupa, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 19th century. Nephrite, turquoise, amethyst, glass, ivory, hardstone; enameled and gilt bronze base. 29 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1986.12.
by Sara Kern

Picturing Buddhist Belief and Worship | A Jade Stupa Reliquary

In ancient India, a stupa is a mound-like or hemispherical tomb. After the parinirvana of Sakyamuni Buddha, his body was cremated and the remains or relics were divided and buried under eight stupas with two extra stupas encasing the urn and the embers. After that, Asian Buddhists began building numerous stupas with multiple materials such […] Keep Reading...

Pair of Stone Vases. China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 16th–17th century. White marble. 115 inches tall each.
Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1984.30
by Dr. Qing Chang

Compassion, Reverence, and Filial Piety: A Pair of Stone Vases

Making offerings is an important step in the worshiping of ancestors in Chinese history; it is an act that reflects people’s belief of afterlife and ancestors’ protection of offspring. The Crow Collection’s Pair of Stone Vases, previously called “Stone Columns,” are examples of two of the Five Stone Offerings often installed in front of a […] Keep Reading...

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by Caron Smith

Crystal Gazing

The Crow Collection’s flawless rock crystal sphere is a natural wonder, polished to smooth roundness, and emblematic within Asian thought of the perfection of wisdom and purity. Keep Reading...