About this object

Copper teapot with brass handle, spout, collar and lid. The copper body is decorated with four quatrefoil medallions, in alternating designs of dragons and shang-shang; mythical figures which are part human, part bird. The lotus flower lid, is embossed with 'dog nose' designs (finial missing), the handle is cast in the shape of a dragon, while the spout is in the form of a makara, or mythical sea creature.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Copper; Brass; Gilt Silver
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 14 January 1913
  • Measurements
    300 mm x 350 mm x 200 mm; 11 13/16 in x 13 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 37:
    Per Barmiak Lama on 14th January 1913. Copper tea pot height 14 inches; handle, spout, top, collar and bottom of brass; figures carved in German silver round widest part. Use similar to that of No. 35. The figures carved in silver are:- Two Shang-shang; with birds wings and feet, but otherwise like human beings. The maker has made the feet like those of human beings by mistake. Two dragons.
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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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