About this object

Components for a game of sho, which includes 51 small cowrie shells, 2 die which appear to be contemporary to the early 20th century, 1 faded blue cotton envelope-style bag made up of several pieces stitched together with a large dark blue running stitch, 1 circular leather board and 25 tokens made up of a mixture of Chinese and Indian coins in brass and lead.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Toys and Games
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Brass; Lead; Fibre Textile Cotton; Fibre Yarn Cotton; Cowrie
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    710 mm x 230 mm x 5 mm; 27 15/16 in x 9 1/16 in x 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: No entry in List of Curios

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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