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Antique Footed Bowl with Peacock Design
Item No. 1274

19th Century, N/A, Nepal
3" x 0" x 0"
( 7.62 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

Antique brass footed bowl made in Nepal. Such pieces are usually used in Hindu puja (prayer) for holding holy water, rice or other substances. In Buddhism peacocks are said to have the ability of eating poisonous plants without being affected by them. Because of that, they are synonymous with the great bodhisattvas. A bodhisattva is able to take delusions as the path toward liberation and transform the poisonous mind of ignorance, desire and hatred [moha, raga, dvesa] into the thought of enlightenment or bodhicitta, which opens colourfully like the peacocks' tail. In the Hindu tradition, Krishna is depicted often in the company of peacocks always being associated with beauty and attractiveness. The birds beautiful coloring is said to be a gift from Indra. When Inra was battling the Demon King Ravana, the peacock, which was then a plain brown hen, protected Indra by raising its tail to form a screen behind which the God could hide. As a reward for this compassionate act, Indra transformed the bird into a distinctive and beautiful creature with blue-green jewel-like plumage.


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