About this object

A brass open-work incense burner. The globular lidded burner is adorned with three makara or mythical sea creatures. In between each of these are loops for three brass interlinked chains that would be held above the vessel so that the burner is suspended. The chains are held together by a serpentine dragon.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1912-12-31 before
  • Measurements
    185 mm x 200 mm x 175 mm; 7 5/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 6 7/8 in
  • Note
    List of Curio No 11: Per Barmiak Lama 31st December 1912. Brass incense bowl, hung from three brass chains, joined to a brass dragon. Fire and incense is put inside the bowl, which is carried about through the house, chapel, or monk's assembly room etc. in order to spread the scent. The house and the souls of the inmates are thereby purified and the deities also like the scent. It is offered all the time while religious ceremonies are in progress. Incense is made from cedars, cypresses etc.
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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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