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Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Household Objects
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    15th 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
  • Measurements
    93 mm x 120 mm; 3 11/16 in x 4 3/4 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No A44: Copper incense bowl, similar age and general appearance to A43, and obtained in the same way. Paid Ku Palha Rs 11/6 for this also. June 1917. Entry for A43 reads, '15 1/2 inches round widest part and 4 1/2 inches across the top. The mark at the bottom shows that it was made in the time of the Chinese Emperor Hauan Te (1426 - 1435) and there seems no reason to doubt its being genuine, as Palha Kusho obtained it from the Chinese Temple in Lhasa known as Ke-sar Lha-khang. Ku Palha asked the caretaker of the images to let him have one or two old articles, and so eventually the caretaker let me have this and number A44'. Curator's note: Given to Bell during 1917 annual inspection tour of Gyantse and surrounding areas. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Palha ( bought from)

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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.

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