This fine silver base and cover has been chased all over in high relief with Himalayan Buddhistic symbols.
The base sits on a cylindrical foot that tapers out. The dish or saucer that sits on top has a rim of eight ‘petals’.
The cover is tiered with four levels and rises to a serrated top from which a finial emerges which includes a polished translucent green stone sphere.
A ceramic cup with a crackled green glaze is included. The shape is not conventional and undoubtedly it is a subsequent inclusion – but then all the cups used be they of porcelain or jade or some other material – were made by others and added separately, because silversmiths work with silver (and sometimes gold) only; the cups were made by others.
The underside of the foot of the stem-saucer is impressed with the name ‘Yuthok’ and the letter ‘A’ also is impressed. ‘Yuthok’ is a Tibetan name and perhaps this is the maker’s or retailer’s mark.
If this is the case, then it is likely that this piece is a 20th century piece rather than being earlier, although Ghose (2016, p. 87) illustrates a similar example which is ascribed to the late 18th century.
The set here is in excellent condition.
Ghose, M. (ed.), Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, 2016.