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Lustration spoon

Lustration spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Chamdo (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Actual conch shells have a long history of sacred association for Buddhists in India and Tibet where they have also been used as trumpets in monasteries to summon the monastic community. The use of a conch-shaped spoon in a ritual contexts is therefore an appropriate one. Chamdo in eastern Tibet was known for its bronze-casting industries until the 20th century.

Physical description

Lustration spoon of cast and chased bronze. In the form of a six-valved Chank-shell, cut down the middle. The valves are gourd-shaped - one considerably larger than the other three, has the form of a bowl, marked with a lotus-petal pattern on its underside.

Place of Origin

Chamdo (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast and chased


Length: 8.9 cm, Width: 3.2 cm

Descriptive line

Lustration spoon, Chank-shell shaped, bronze, cast chased, E.Tibet, 19th century.




Casting; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Shells, Conch


Metalwork; Religion; Buddhism; Ceremonial objects


South & South East Asia Collection

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