Bumba - decoration of the Buddhist altar. Tibet. Late 18th - early 19th century

Bumba - decoration of the Buddhist altar. Tibet. Late 18th - early 19th century

Bumba is a ritual vessel having different forms and purposes. This one is for keeping sacred water. It was used in special rituals for long life and prosperity. According to the rules bumba cannot be manufactured from iron or yellow copper, or cast iron. It should be either gold, silver or of red copper.