About this object

One of a pair of large Nepalese brass guardian lions or seng-ge. Male figure with wrathful expression, matted mane and arched tail. Nepalese script dates figure to Vikrama year 1965 (1908). Figure stands on custom made wooden plinth painted and decorated with floral designs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Model; Religion
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Nepalese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal: Bagmati: Lalitpur: Pātan
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Brass; Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim
  • Date collected
    1908 - 1913
  • Measurements
    580 mm x 275 mm x 520 mm; 22 13/16 in x 10 13/16 in x 20 1/2 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 50: Pair of Nepalese Seng-ge made in Patan, Nepal valley by a Newar. 9 parts copper and 1 part dista. Bought from R S [Rai Sahib] Lachmi Narain Pradhan, a Newar landlord in Sikkim. Curator's note: Although this pair of sengge is catalogued it is in a section of the List of Curios that isn't dated. It is likely that Bell collected this pair of items during the early part of his tenure as Political Officer Sikkim (resident 1908-1918).
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    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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