Nepalese cast bell metal vessel in the form of a stupa; intended to hold vermillion powder. The globular body supported by an inverted lotus leading to a flared foot. The 8 chatras of graduated size representing different levels of buddhas teaching incorporate a small bell which would be used on occasions of solemnity. The architectural form of this vessel is inspired by the ancient burial mounds and reliquaries found in the region.
Newar valley. 18th century.
Related examples in the V&A
The first collected by Lord Curzon (Viceroy of India)
Another example bequeathed by the jeweller Oppi Untracht.