East Asian Art
PagodaMade in China, Asia
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Rock crystal; wood base
Currently not on view
1944-20-7a--gGift of Major General and Mrs. William Crozier, 1944
LabelPagodas are used to mark the burial site of Buddhist relics or the tomb of a Buddhist monk. This carving, modeled after a pagoda, was commissioned by the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-95) for a hall located in the imperial park in Beijing. One inscription around the lower middle section of the pagoda says, "I humbly trust myself to Amituofo," and another along the rim of the base states, "Qianlong period of the great Qing dynasty." On the underside of the base is a carved mark that means "Hall of Receiving Light" (Chengguang dian), referring to the building that housed this carving.