Cylindrical pot of iron with hinged lid. Flat base raised from the rim, the walls taper inwards to the top. Reinforcing strips pass around the base, middle and rim, linked with four decorative ‘straps’. The ‘straps’ pass over the lid meeting in a dome with an iron ring. XRF analysis reveals that the straps are gilt iron. The lid is fastened on with one hinge, the opposite hasp is missing. The inside is rusty & consists of 2 sheets of curved iron. On each side is an iron ring with an iron loop (one broken) above. In the panels between the ‘straps’ is durative scroll work in silver koftgari with characters (rubbed off) in gold. The characters are in Manchu and translate to good fortune and longevity (transliteration: huturi jalafun). 13½” L (345) 9” diameter (230).
possibly for milk, beer or tsampa