Initiation Vase

Historical period(s)
late 18th century
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 40 × 12.1 × 9.2 cm (15 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 3 5/8 in)
Geography
Tibet
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2020.5.24
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Vessel

Keywords
Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddhism, Tibet
Provenance

By Late 1980s to Late 1980s
Kism and her family method of acquisition unknown [1]

Late 1980s
Philip Rudko, purchased from Kism in New York, NY [2]

From Late 1980s to 2020
Alice Kandell, purchased from Philip Rudko in New York, NY [3]

From 2020
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Alice Kandell, New York, NY [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Philip Rudko, interviewed by Joanna M. Gohmann on November 6, 2020, notes in accession file. Rudko reports that he never learned Kism's last name and is unsure if Kism did in fact have a last name. Tibetan individuals around that time were reluctant to share their family name -- if they had one -- when selling objects like this one, as items like this typically stayed within a family.

[2] See interview referenced in note 1. Philip Rudko, born just outside New York City in northern New Jersey, is a Russian Orthodox priest and art conservator, specializing in Tibetan objects. He works with the collector Alice Kandell as the curator of her personal collection.

[3] See interview referenced in note 1. Alice Kandell is a private collector, who for decades acquired hundreds of bronze sculptures, thangkas, textile banners, painted furniture and ritual implements. Her interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years, when she took the first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet and Ladakh. Throughout her career as a child psychologist in New York, she continued to pursue her love of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art, traveling, collecting and documenting the art and culture of the region in two books of photography, Sikkim: The Hidden Kingdom (Doubleday) and Mountaintop Kingdom: Sikkim (Norton).

[4] The object was formally accessioned into the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection on December 18, 2020. See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Kism
Phillip J. Rudko
Alice S. Kandell

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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