Okinawan Burial Urn

Date
1951-52

Author/Creator
Charles Eugene Gail
Recipient
Geri Gail
Description
Photographer’s Note: “Burial Urn, buddhist figures (sic), for the ones of a man and wife”

Note the mandala-circle in the bottom section of the burial urn which symbolizes eternal balance of the cosmos. There are various Indian influences on this urn, like lotuses--a typical visualization of soul expansion-- and an Indian shrine doorway-- often a symbol of transitive space between two opposite states of being, like life and death. The Chinese influences in the symbology of a dragon coiled along the urn represents power and strength.

(Labelled by Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Cowell ‘20)
Archivist's Notes
Charles Gail Collection
ms0470_pho_1-10a copy
ms0470_pho_1-10b copy

Collection

Citation

Charles Eugene Gail, “Okinawan Burial Urn,” The Gail Project, accessed November 13, 2018, https://gailproject.ucsc.edu/items/show/23.

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