About this object

A small wooden table, which has a sliding top, secured by a metal lock, underneath is a drawer. The table is decorated with three panels on both the front and back. The borders are decorated with gold background and red scrolling flowers. In the centre is a cut out design, each panel showing an object, which are possibly symbols of the Eight Immortals (a fan, a vase and a gourd), the two side panels are decorated with cut out designs of flowers, some flowers to the right hand side panel are broken and lost. The top band is decorated with two dragons chasing a flaming pearl. The top of the table is finished in a deep red/brown varnish with gold motifs, including a medallion of swirling, linear dragons chasing flaming pearls and fretwork in each corner with entwined scrolling leaves.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhoka
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Pigment; Wood
  • 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
    185 mm x 495 mm x 303 mm; 7 5/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 11 15/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 254:
    Tibetan table. Does not fold, lid takes off, and so makes a box. Flower ornamentation. Made at Lha-gya-ri gyalpo's house and bought from Lha-gya-ri gyalpo's house Rs [rest missing]

    Curator's comment: 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. The Lhagyari are one of the oldest noble families in Tibet and can trace their line of descent back to the Kings of Tibet.

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

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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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