About this object

Two circular tins with flattened, domed lids, covered with a bright blue enamel, on to which is enamelled the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, in yellows, oranges and pinks, along with green foliage. At the centre of each lid is a green-yellow disc containing a red 'shou' symbol of good luck, surrounding this is the victory banner and two fish, in between these two Buddhist Emblems are elaborate lotuses.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Enamel; Copper
  • 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: Gangtok
  • Date collected
    Before 6 January 1913
  • Measurements
    68 mm x 120 mm; 2 11/16 in x 4 3/4 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 23:
    Per Palhese on 6th January 1913.
    A pair of Tibetan luncheon tins. Blue enamel on copper representing pictures of flowers, fruits, tashi, Tagye etc. A good deal broken in transit from Lhasa. Presented to me by the Lon-chens when my baby (Arthur) was born. Used by Tibetans as fruit dishes, also for serving picnic lunches etc. Made in China and rare in Tibet.
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Palhese (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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