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Teapot

Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Gyantse (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hammered copper with applied cast brass, tinned on inside

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Dora Creagh

  • Museum number:

    IM.259-1916

  • 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)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hammered copper with applied cast brass, tinned on inside

Dimensions

Height: 27.9 cm, Width: 26 cm

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Copper; Brass; Tin

Techniques

Hammering; Applied; Casting; Tinning

Subjects depicted

Lotus

Categories

Buddhism; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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