About this object

A nese or ritual tsampa [roasted barley flour] bowl with lid. Rounded copper body on a small foot, with a band of brass just below the lip. The lid rises to a dome with a lotus finial.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Copper; Brass
  • 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
    92 mm x 75 mm x 75 mm; 3 5/8 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Bell collected several sets of serkyem [gser skyems] vessels which are used for making ritual offerings. This individual item does not seem to be recorded in the Lists of Curios, although it had previously been attributed to the Palha family, however the description of the Palha serkyem vessel does not match this vessel.

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

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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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