About this object

A chopstick set consisting of two chopsticks, a knife and a holder, attached to the holder is a tablet woven silk braid in red and blue, with accents of green and white, with a long red and blue tassel at the end. The holder is decorated in shagreen with eight inlaid bone or ivory horses, this is bound with two iron bands at the top, with an additional brass loop from which the braid is attached. The knife has a single-edged blade with two parallel groves running down the length on both sides. The handle is made of a pale wood, bone and ivory and it is secured to the blade with eight iron pins.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Before 1912
  • Materials
    Bone Animal; Yarn Silk; Skin Shagreen; Iron; Brass; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 31 December 1912
  • Measurements
    287 mm x 12 mm x 18 mm; 11 5/16 in x 1/2 in x 11/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: List of Curios entry No 15 is in the British Museum collection (1933.0508.50), National Museum Liverpool has the smaller set, which is List of Curios No 16:
    Per Barmiak Lama 31st December 1912. Chopsticks. The knife is called Gya-tri and the sticks are called Ko-we-tse. Used by men. No. 16. Ditto, smaller, used by women.

    Curator's note: The Tibet Catalogue 1953 entry noted this item as 50.31.32

    Written by Emma Martin
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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • 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.

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