The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art
Tibetan holy water flask 
and cover

holy water bottle (chablu) cover or pouch

late 19th to early 20th century

copper flask with silver mouth and lampas fabric cover or pouch, consisting of orange-red silk brocade with woven motifs (flying crane with peach symbolizing longevity, long life) in colored silk and gold thread; lining in turquoise silk satin

24 x 26 cm


provenance:  South German private collection

Buddhist monks use this kind of small flask to rinse their mouths during rituals.

For reference, see the above vintage postcard, c. 1910, of a Buryat lama wearing a red holy-water-bottle cover or pouch.