About this object

A large baluster vase with bright yellow glaze, decorated with several iron red shishi dogs; one holds a ball, another a piece of rishi fungus, several are looking upwards. The interior and rim have a clear glaze.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Porcelain
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1913-08-04 before
  • Measurements
    457 mm; 18 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 267:
    Per K. Palhese on 4th August 1913. One tall yellow china vase. 200 to 300 years old. From Teng-gye-ling Monastery.

    Curator's note: Likely to have been sourced by Palhese as Bell notes that he discusses politics with Palhese on 5th August 1913 in his diary. Tengyeling Monastery situated within the sights of the Potala had a very strained relationship with the Dalai Lama and his circle. As early as 1896 the Demo Rinpoche who had been Regent of Tibet (Tengyeling was one of the four monasteries that could provide a Regent) was found guilty of planting paper amulets in the soles of the 13th Dalai Lama's boots in order to do him harm. The punishment was, amongst other things, the confiscation of Tengyeling Monastery's wealth and belongings. During the 1910-11 Tibetan-Chinese war in Lhasa. Tengyeling offered help to the Chinese and as a result the monastery was destroyed in 1914 and all its remaining possessions confiscated.
    David Macdonald in his book, Twenty Years in Tibet wrote of the Tengyeling treasures, ' I saw of the treasures formerly owned by Tengyeling, and they are priceless. Wonderful examples of Chinese porcelain, gold-work, carved jade and turquoise, and many very finely painted and embroidered religious banners were stored in go-downs sealed by the Devashung. Many pieces have been stolen by traders, and have found their way to India, but there are still several hundred old Chinese carpets stored there. No Tibetan monastery, as a rule, will sell its property, which finds its way on to the market only when stolen by the lamas'.

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

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Publisher:
    Date:
    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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