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Tea pail

Tea pail

  • Place of origin:

    Lhasa (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tea-pail and cover of hammered sheet brass, with vertical reinforcing bands of ribbed brass. Leather carrying strap

  • Museum number:

    IM.156-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Butter or roasted barley flour was kept in large containers such as this in Tibet. The form of the vessel with its brass straps probably copies in metal older wooden vessels which had hoops encircling them.

Physical description

Butter or barley flour pot and cover of hammered sheet brass, with vertical reinforcing bands of ribbed brass. The pail is cylindrical in shape, slightly larger at the bottom than at the mouth. It has a flat circular cover, with a central boss nad lifting ring. On one side of the cover is a hinged clasp for fastening the lid to two eyes on the rim of the vessel. On each side of the body there are two horizontal loops, which the leather carrying strap is passed through. The four vertical and three horizontal reinforcing bands coffer the surface.

Place of Origin

Lhasa (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tea-pail and cover of hammered sheet brass, with vertical reinforcing bands of ribbed brass. Leather carrying strap

Dimensions

Height: 34.3 cm, Width: 24.4 cm, Diameter: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Tea pail, hammered brass, leather strap, Tibet, 19th century.

Materials

Brass; Leather

Techniques

Hammering

Categories

Containers; Eating

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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