About this object

A copper teapot, elaborately decorated with silver mounts and brass detailing on the spout, collar, handle, foot and body. On the body are two openwork medallions featuring the shang-shang; mythical figures which are part human, part bird. The handle is cast in the shape of a dragon, while the spout is in the form of a makara, or mythical sea creature. The lid is finished with a silver lotus, the collar with fine openwork including lotus flowers highlighted in brass.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Household Objects
  • Culture
    Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Copper; Silver; Brass; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1910 about
  • Measurements
    360 mm x 420 mm x 280 mm; 14 3/16 in x 16 9/16 in x 11 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Not identified in the List of Curios. It is Bhutanese in style and may have been collected or presented either during the 1910 Treaty signing, or on one of the occasions when Bell visited Bhutan House in Kalimpong.

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

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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