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Tinder pouch

Tinder pouch

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (east, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel and leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This leather pouch was used for carrying tinder and a flint. A spark was produced by striking the flint against the steel base ridge. The decoration of two facing dragons chasing a jewel and a seperate swastika is executed in inlaid gold, a technique for which the craftsmen of eastern Tibet were famous.

Physical description

A leather tinder pouch with steel ridge along its base. This steel is inlaid with gold design in the form of two facing dragons chasing a jewel and swastika.

Place of Origin

Tibet (east, made)


ca. 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Steel and leather


Length: 12 cm, Width: 6 cm

Object history note

Bequest of Adelaine Gourlay.

Descriptive line

Tinde pouch, mechag, steel, gold, brasss, leather, eastern Tiber, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Clarke: Jewellery of Tibet and Himalayas, V&A Publications
ISBN 1 85177 4238, 2004, page 87, no.73.


Steel; Leather


South & South East Asia Collection

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