About this object

A small portable murwa or millet beer flask (although likely used for milk and water also) made from a section of wood and finished with brass rings at the base, middle and rim. The middle ring has two loop handles attached. The lid is finished with a brass dome (finial missing) and loop handle.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim
  • Date collected
    Before 1 February 1913
  • Measurements
    295 mm x 155 mm x 118 mm; 11 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 4 5/8 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 184:
    Per Netuk Orderly on 1st February 1913. Sikkim beer jug. Used for drinking marua. Made of tree (Bohmeria Rugulosa) whose wood is dark red, heavy with fine medullary rays.

    Curator's note: Bell describes the Sikkimese beer flask in, 'The People of Tibet' pg 242, 'In Sikkim, a land of forests, wooden beer jugs find favour, among other varieties from the tre Bohmeria rugulosa, whose wood is dark red and heavy with fine medullary rays’.Described in the Tibet 1953 catalogue as a small portable tea churn, being used for picnics or other occasions when only a small quantity of tea was required.

    As his name suggests Netuk was an orderly or servant at the Sikkim Residency in Gangtok, where Bell lived during his tenure as Political Officer Sikkim. He is mentioned on many occasions in Bell's diaries and notebooks.

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

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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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