About this object

A folding wooden table, carved in open work, wich is set within a red frame. There is a large central tsipatar or monster mask painted in gold with a flaming jewel emerging from its mouth. In its claws are the stems of two flowering pink and white lotus. The sides are painted in a deep blue with stylized clouds, while the inset top is painted red.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Household Objects
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Sikkimese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Metal Gilt; Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1921
  • Measurements
    228 mm x 660 mm x 280 mm; 9 in x 26 in x 11 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This table doesn't appear to have been recorded in the List of Curios. It appears to be contemporary to the time Bell was in Sikkim and was likely made for him in Gangtok, Sikkim , where he was Resident. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • 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.

Object view = Humanities
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