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Tea bowl - Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl

  • Object:

    Tea bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Ladakh (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lathe-turned burl wood and beaten silver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tea bowl is made of burlwood, found in the excrescences growing on the sides of trees. This type of wood was used to make tea bowls in Tibet, Ladakh and Bhutan because it was strong and resisted splitting when full of hot liquid. This example evidently belonged to a fairly wealthy owner, who could afford to have the inside lined with silver and decorated with an embossed central motif. Tea bowls also doubled as food bowls and the staple diet of Tibet, roasted barley flour or tsampa, was mixed with tea and rolled by hand into small balls inside such bowls.

Physical description

A bowl made from lathe-turned willow or poplar with an inside lining and footrim of sheet silver and a gilded silver boss at its centre.

Place of Origin

Ladakh (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Lathe-turned burl wood and beaten silver


Diameter: 14 cm, Height: 5.5 cm


Willow; Silver


Lathe turned


South & South East Asia Collection

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