About this object

A small photographic film cannister labelled 'Dufay Colour' containing a saffron-coloured powdered mineral pigment used in Tibetan painting.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date made
    1921 - 1930s
  • Materials
    Tin; Paper Plant; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Frederick Marshman and Irma Bailey (Gift)
  • Collector
    Irma Bailey
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date collected
    1921 - 1930s
  • Measurements
    56 mm x 25 mm
  • Note
    In 1972, Irma Bailey offered a number of objects to the museum, including a group of tools and pigments used by Lharipa. Mrs Bailey noted in her inventory for the museum, "Three tins Tibetan Paints & one very small ditto. I believe these to be the paints that are made from (ground into powder) minerals. These were used in Tibetan painting before the advent of cheap anylin dyes. I believe the Museum already has some of these mineral paints that I gave them (see, 1965.28.18a-m).
    Inventory notes: "Containers for pigments collected in the 1930's - originally 4 containers, now there are only 3, pigments recontainered in June '81? Tin film container. Yellow, 2 white, orange in film can.
  • Related people
    Frederick Marshman Bailey (Previous owner); Irma Bailey (Collector)


Previous owners

  • Frederick Marshman Bailey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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