Copper Pagoda Statue Verdigris Finish, pretty and petite with so many intricate destails, this vintage pagoda statue is a lovely accent to your Chinoiserie Collection.
With beautiful verdigris finish, it is an eye catcher. We could even imagine setting it over a cone of burning incense with it's open base. (always place burning incense in a safe glass, ceramic or metal dish)
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DIMENSIONS: 5.5" W x 2" DIA, opening at base 1.5"
FACTS & HISTORY:
Pagodas are Buddhist towers developed from Buddhist stupas, with the first pagoda building in China during the first century. Explore the historical evolution of pagodas in China, characteristics of the style, and famous pagoda examples.
The history of the Chinese pagoda actually begins in ancient India with the death of the Buddha in the 5th century BCE. At this time, stupas were beginning construction to house the holy artifacts of the Buddha's body. These dome-shaped, stone structures were built throughout India, and as Buddhism spread, so did these ceremonial buildings, which came to symbolize the growing popularity of the religion.
It was the stupa that eventually became the tiered tower with many roofs that we think of today. Since it was a new building type in China, a new Chinese character was created, ta, which means Buddhist tower or pagoda.