About this object

A pagoda shaped lantern, decorated with bands of fretwork including, key shaped and 'T' shaped designs, the symbols of the Eight Immortals and also floral motifs. It is finished with a pagoda shaped cover made from a thin sheet of brass. There is also a chain attached to the top for suspension. The lantern is made mainly of brass, but with small sections of copper and silver.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Copper; Brass; Silver
  • 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 - 1945
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 75 mm x 75 mm; 9 13/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's notes: Not recorded in the List of Curios, but the Tibet Catalogue of 1953 describes the lantern as so, ' During the summer months, when the air is filled with insects, closed lamps are used, to prevent their approaching the naked flame and so meeting their death. Some Lamas are so strict in their observance of the law that no life must be taken, that they refuse even to walk about in the summer, lest they should chance to tread on an insect and bring about its death'. 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.

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