Description: A small portable murwa or millet beer flask (although likely used for milk and water also) made from a section of wood and finished with brass rings at the base, middle and rim. The middle ring has two loop handles attached. The lid is finished with a brass dome (finial missing) and loop handle.
Note: List of Curios No 184:
Per Netuk Orderly on 1st February 1913. Sikkim beer jug. Used for drinking marua. Made of tree (Bohmeria Rugulosa) whose wood is dark red, heavy with fine medullary rays.
Curator's note: Bell describes the Sikkimese beer flask in, 'The People of Tibet' pg 242, 'In Sikkim, a land of forests, wooden beer jugs find favour, among other varieties from the tre Bohmeria rugulosa, whose wood is dark red and heavy with fine medullary rays’.Described in the Tibet 1953 catalogue as a small portable tea churn, being used for picnics or other occasions when only a small quantity of tea was required.
As his name suggests Netuk was an orderly or servant at the Sikkim Residency in Gangtok, where Bell lived during his tenure as Political Officer Sikkim. He is mentioned on many occasions in Bell's diaries and notebooks.
Written by Emma Martin
N58.1975 [Photography Number];
CB13 [Collector Number]