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Tibetan Kitchen Stove

StoveKitchen stove, laid up by baked adobes, has fire inlet, ash outlet, ash pit and several stove mouths. On the left in front of the kitchen stove, there is a small built-in cabinet.

The Low, narrow and long Tibetan fire stove extends from the ash pit along the wall. In the past, poor family usually put the sleeping place nearby the fire stove and warmed themselves with the remaining heat of caw dung ash in the night. There are three stove gods: the god of water, the god of fire and the god of food. If adding the god of wealth, there will be four family gods. The relationship between the stove god and people is intimate, but if the stove god was desecrated or offended, he will bring down disasters.

Therefore Tibetans are forbidden to roast meat directly on flame: to stride over the stove pit; to urinate on the stove pit, to burn bones and skins on fire; to spit the saliva toward the stove. Even for the temporary three stones stove, herdsmen, before leaving, must add into some yak dung for the last time and throw some tsampa in fire or put some offering food on the three stones; by this way people express their thanks for gods.

In daily life, the god of stove can also give people some omens, for example, much smoke or dark red flame is bad omen; bright fire is good omen; if the stove fire sends out the sound like “woo-woo”, it indicates that the guest will present; if the fire sends out excessive voice like “pee-pee, pa-pa”, it shows the spirits or ghosts have entered the house and so on.
Before the ancient time of Tubo king Nyatri dynasty, Tibetan area had already entered in to smelting industry and also had professional ironsmiths.

In the period of the seventh Tubo king dynasty, minister Luo-nang murdered the king, put the corpse into the copper coffin, and then threw it into river. In the period of the ninth king Pu-de-gung-rgyal, Tibetan areas had already had the crafts of smelting metals. In fact, the Yumbulhakang Palace, constructed in the period of the first Tibetan king Nyatri, had already proved the arrival of Tibetan smelting time.

Tibetan copperwares of commodities are mostly the pots, basins, pans, dishes, water gourds, spoons and so on. In decoration, there are many religion designs and auspicious signs, such as the Eight Auspicious Symbols, the Seven Treasures, the Auspicious Clouds Pattern, etc. These are mostly used as cabinet decoration. In addition to copper pots, copper gourds and copper spoons, Tibetans usually uses commodities of other materials.

Tibetan Wooden Bowl

Commonly, the wooden bow is made of the tung, mulberry and birch’s trunk, burl, knot, etc. and made by the procedure of shaving or paring. Some wooden bowls surfaces are engraved or painted patterns. Wooden bowl, which is loved by Tibetans, has many functions, such as its aroma of wood can enter into the tea; it can preserve both the food and taste, it is suitable for drinking hot water, it is convenient to carry and durable to use, etc. It is said that if you always use wooden bowls to drink wine you will be intelligent and handsome, I think this saying just came from people’s affection for wooden bowls. As the Tibetan folk song sang: it is shy to walk along with lover, it is anxious to leave lover behind, how nice if lover is a wooden bowl that can be infolded in my arms.

Tibetan Bowl protecting box

In remote ages, the Han nationality living in the central plains of China had various elegant chinaware. Ambassadors and businessmen came from different countries brought these stunners back home in succession. From then on, chinaware becomes the treasure doubly cherished by people. In the snowy Tibetan land, the porcelain bowls are very rare, in order to protect them, the nomadic man weaved protecting box with hill canes. Gradually, in palace, it developed into the elaborate and gemmy decoration box for chinaware.

Tibetan Butter Box

Butter boxes, used to install butter, have many shapes, such as circle, oval, square, olive and so on. Butter box is usually put together with Tibetan tsampa box.

Tibetan Wooden Spoon

Tibetan Wooden Tools for tannage.


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