Teapot with Makara Spout and Dragon Handle


Artist
Tibetan (Tibetan)
Date
18th-19th century
Medium
copper, brass
Dimensions
Work : 9 7/8 x 10 x 7 1/2 in. (25.08 x 25.4 x 19.05 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.442

Label
Ornate teapots like this were once used in Tibetan Buddhist temples on important religious holidays and when entertaining high-ranking visitors. Tibetans traditionally boil their tea with yak butter and salt and consume it throughout the day. The thick beverage provides calories and caffeine that help keep Buddhist monks and lay people active and alert while also protecting against the parching effects of the high-altitude climate.

Object Type
Metal