About this object

A small, brass teapot with a rounded body. The spout appears to have been repaired with copper. The handle is in the shape of a makara or mythical sea creature. The lid is in the form of a lotus flower and is heavily decorated. On the collar are the Eight Buddhist Emblems.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Copper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse: Drongtse
  • Date collected
    5th - 10th July 1913
  • Measurements
    230 mm x 290 mm x 160 mm; 9 1/16 in x 11 7/16 in x 6 5/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 250:
    Brass teapot. Plain old. From Bang-gye-shar Rs 12/-
    Nos. 240-255 were bought from and described by K. Palhese in July 1913.

    Curator's note: This is one of a large group of items bought from Palhese between 5 - 10 July 1913. Bell was on an inspection tour of the Gyantse area and stopped at Dontse for five day. Dontse being the home of the Palha family. A substantial number of these items came from the Phala residence in Lhasa, Bangyeshar House. The house had been badly damaged during the Tibetan-Chinese War of 1910-11, although it was rebuilt and again functioning as a home by the time of Bell's visit in 1920-21.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Palhese (bought from)

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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.

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