About this object

Damascened iron teapot with gilt details. The body is decorated with vertical bands of swirling foliage and alternating quatrefoil medallions that are filled with a similar foliage decoration. The collar is decorated with the Eight Buddhist Emblems. There is a silver patch repair to the base of the spout. The lid is finished with a lotus finial.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Kham: Chamdo
  • Date made
    15th - 16th Century
  • Materials
    Iron; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England
  • Date collected
    27 March 1927
  • Measurements
    332 mm x 316 mm x 210 mm; 13 1/16 in x 12 7/16 in x 8 1/4 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 286:
    Bought from Palhese for Rs 100/-. Tea-pot (ko-ti) of iron with gold and silver damascene. It belongs to Yap-shi Pün-kang, who has had it in his family for several generations. The tea pot is an old one. Such tea-pots are very rare nowadays.

    Curators Note: Palhese came to England in 1927 and stayed for almost one year to work with Bell and to assist him in completing the book projects he was working on at that time. The diaries for this period, say little of what Palhese did during this year, but are full of Palhese's proverbs and words of wisdom. We do know from Alex McKay's interview with Rongye Collett, Bell's daughter, that Palhese was taken on a visit to Windsor Castle. As usual he was wearing his Tibetan clothing and this apparently caused quite a stir!

    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.

  • 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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