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Fine, Silver Tea Pot
Tibet
19th century

height: 31.5cm, width: 27cm, weight: 1,191g

This very elegant ewer of high-grade, solid silver most probably is from central Tibet. It would have been used to serve yak butter tea to monks during their
long prayer sessions, and is a testament to how sumptuous some of Tibet's monasteries became. Thurman and Weldon (1999, p. 54) mention that the Tashi
Lhunpo monastery was said to have used some two hundred large silver teapots simply to serve its resident monks.

The example here has a flattened body, a long neck, a wide mouth and a domed lid with a lotus-bud finial. The lid is attached to the handle by the fine, original
chain.

The teapot is without any other decoration and it is this simplicity, which allows the luxurious silver content of the item to feature clearly, which makes this item
especially beautiful and sculptural.

The teapot is in excellent condition.

References:
Thurman, R., & D. Weldon,
Sacred Symbols: The Ritual Art of Tibet, Sotheby's/Rossi & Rossi, 1999.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4053

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