About this object

A brass incense burner in the shape of a deer with a smiling Chinese sage riding on its back. The deer hold a branch of possibly peaches in its month. A small tuft of hair representing the animal's third eye is incised between the eyes. Between the deer's ears is a unfinished area, the indentation finished with a red wax, possibly a repair. The Chinese sage sits, facing the front, holding a staff. The incense would be placed inside the deer and the smoke would come out through the figure's mouth and sleeves.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • 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: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    280 mm x 210 mm x 110 mm; 11 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 45: Price Rs 29/4. Obtained from the Namseling mansion at Lhasa [no date given]. The present head of the Namseling family is Palhese's nephew.
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Palhese ( sourced by)

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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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