About this object

A flat oval ink stone made from a grey-brown jade which has thick white deposits running through it. There is a large, thick lip at the edge and a raised circular lip in the centre. This is a jade palette, which would be used with a Chinese stick ink. The circular lip would hold a silver, copper or jade water pot.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Writing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
  • 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: Gyantse: Drongtse
  • Date collected
    1913-07-05 - 1913-07-10
  • Measurements
    13 mm x 225 mm x 139 mm; 1/2 in x 8 7/8 in x 5 1/2 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 244: Jade slab for preparing Chinese ink. Brought by Palhese from Bang-gye-shar. Price Rs 6/-. Curator's note: 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. A substantial number of these items came from the Phala residence in Lhasa, Bangyeshar House, the house had been badly damaged during the Tibet-Chinese War of 1910-11, although it was rebuilt and again functioning as a home by the time of Bell's visit in 1920-21. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Palhese ( bought from, previous owner)

Explore related


  • 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.


Previous owners

  • Palhese

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1913-07
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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