Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 18th–19th Century
Diameters: : 90, 75 & 75mm (3.54, 2.95 & 2.95 inches)
These three iron containers are of cylindrical form, their bodies entirely chiselled and finished with silver and gold embellishments.
The largest (central) of the three is probably from the 19th century and depicts a golden dragon clutching a pearl, entwined in dense scrollwork. The borders of both the base and the lid are overlaid with a silver key pattern, and the lid is chiselled with a geometric design and surmounted with a bulbous knop finial.
The container on the left is probably 18th century in date. It is deeply chiselled with laughing skulls that are emitting gouts of flames from their mouths. The container on the right is also probably from the 18th century and it is illustrated with more laughing skulls, a conch and a flame.
It is suggested that these three objects were used as rice containers for ceremonies.