Description: A small wooden table, which has a sliding top, secured by a metal lock, underneath is a drawer. The table is decorated with three panels on both the front and back. The borders are decorated with gold background and red scrolling flowers. In the centre is a cut out design, each panel showing an object, which are possibly symbols of the Eight Immortals (a fan, a vase and a gourd), the two side panels are decorated with cut out designs of flowers, some flowers to the right hand side panel are broken and lost. The top band is decorated with two dragons chasing a flaming pearl. The top of the table is finished in a deep red/brown varnish with gold motifs, including a medallion of swirling, linear dragons chasing flaming pearls and fretwork in each corner with entwined scrolling leaves.
Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse: Drongtse
Date collected: 1913-07-05 - 1913-07-10
Measurements: Overall: 185 mm x 495 mm x 303 mm; 7 5/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 11 15/16 in
Type: Household Objects
Note: List of Curios No 254:
Tibetan table. Does not fold, lid takes off, and so makes a box. Flower ornamentation. Made at Lha-gya-ri gyalpo's house and bought from Lha-gya-ri gyalpo's house Rs [rest missing]
Curator's comment: This is one of a large group of items bought from Palhese between 5 - 10 July 1913. Bell was on an inspection tour of the Gyantse area and stopped at Dontse for five day. Dontse being the home of the Palha family. The Lhagyari are one of the oldest noble families in Tibet and can trace their line of descent back to the Kings of Tibet.
Written by Emma Martin
N58.1963 [Photography Number];
CB34 [Collector Number]