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  • Place of origin:

    Gyantse (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hammered copper with applied cast brass, tinned on inside

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Dora Creagh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Such elaborately decorated teapots were used only on special occasions in Tibet as the metal imparted a bitter flavour to the contents. Pottery or wooden teapots were therefore more popular for everyday use.

Physical description

Teapot of hammered copper with cast brass applied ornament. The vessel has a flattened globular shaped body with a short neck, and curved spout and handle. The teapot has a flattish cover surmounted by a lotus-bud finial. The body of the vessel is ornamented with six lotus-shaped panels, meant to appear as if strapped on, in each of which is one of the "Eight Buddhist Emblems". The foot is decorated with a lotus pattern.

Place of Origin

Gyantse (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Hammered copper with applied cast brass, tinned on inside


Height: 27.9 cm, Width: 26 cm

Descriptive line

Teapot, copper brass, Buddhist ritual, Tibet, 19th century.


Copper; Brass; Tin


Hammering; Applied; Casting; Tinning

Subjects depicted



Buddhism; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


South & South East Asia Collection

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